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Pascal, Blaise
Pensées de M. Pascal sur la religion et sur quelques autres sujets, qui ont esté trouvées apres sa mort parmy ses papiers
Guillaume Desprez, 1670. First edition, second issue (the first issue of 1669 - virtually unobtainable - is known by 2 copies only, both in France); 12mo, pp. [82], 365, [21]; printer's device on title page, engraved headpiece, woodcut ornaments; 19th-century full brown levant by the Paris binder Trautz-Bauzonnet, gilt-lettering direct on spine, gilt turn-ins, a.e.g.; very lightly scuffed, else fine. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. He laid the foundation for the modern theory of probabilities, formulated what came to be known as Pascal's principle of pressure, and propagated a religious doctrine that taught the experience of God through the heart rather than through reason. The subject of endless controversy, these fragmentary meditations on faith and reason influenced generations of thinkers, both sceptics and believers alike, making this work a fundamental text in the history of western thought and literature. Printing and the Mind of Man 152; Brunet IV, 398;. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (rulonmillerbooks) [Saint Paul, Minnesota, US]
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