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    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 505

    BAYLE, Pierre (1647-1706). Dictionaire Historique et Critique. Amsterdam: Brunel and others, 1740.

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    BAYLE, Pierre (1647-1706). Dictionaire Historique et Critique. Amsterdam: Brunel and others, 1740.

    4 volumes, 2° (402 x 245 mm). Half-titles, title-pages printed in red and black, engraved vignettes on title-pages. (A few leaves with marginal wormhole vol.I.) Contemporary vellum, blind-stamped paneled covers, central arabesque, spines in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, manuscript lettering in 2, edges sprinkled red and blue (a few pale stains).

    Fifth edition of Bayle’s Dictionaire, written as an anti-clerical response to Louis Moréri’s Le Grand Dictionnaire, which was, in part, a defense of the Roman Catholic church. Bayle, a French Protestant, lived in self-imposed exile in Rotterdam to avoid French intolerance of the Protestants. His work was a “counterblast to Moréri’s work…’to rectify Moréri’s mistakes and fill in the gaps’” (PMM). He was known for his attacks against religion, and was a proponent of reason and philosophy, and this work introduces arguments and counter-arguments. “For over half a century…Bayle’s Dictionnaire dominated enlightened thinking in every part of Europe" (PMM). A fine copy. Brunet I: 711-712, see PMM 155b.


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