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Etteilla, (ps. of Jean-Baptiste Alliette), * 1 Mar 1738 (Paris)?, † 13 Jan 1791 (Paris)?

According to a long but spurious tradition, later refuted by Decker, Alliette was a barber and wigmaker. The truth of the matter is that, at least until 1768, he was a seed and grain merchant, like all the rest of his family members; and from 1768-1769 he was a print seller. In one of his books (1789) he refers to himself as a ‘Professeur d'Algèbre’, but this fancy title, although “confirmed” by his burial certificate, pro…

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Faivre, Antoine, “Etteilla”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 27 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_111>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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