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Isaac de La Peyrere
1655 House of Elzevir - de La Peyere's Praedamitae sive Exercitatio-Banned Book
Amsterdam: House of Elzevir, 1655. Praeadamitae sive Exercitatio super versibus duodecimo, decimotertio, & decimoquarto, capitis quinti Epistolae D. Pauli ad Romanos & Systema Theologicum ex Preadamitarum Hypothesi Pars Prima, Two books in one by Isaac de La Peyrere, 140 pp, 317 pp, 7 pp of publisher's information, plus fold out map, full 18th c green calf leather with gilted compartments on spine, gilted fore edge, 5 1/2 x 3 1/4, 32mo. In good condition. Later binding nicely bound. Scuffing to corners and edges with mild discoloration to spine. Scuffing to bands on spine. Gilt work still present on spine. Red morocco label. Previous owner's bookplate on front paste down (more below on famous provenance). Front gutter shaken. Library stamp on rear fly leaf with old and new hand marginalia. Text block is clean and unmarked. Map is in good working order. Old hand marginalia on rear fly leaf. Newspaper cut out of La Peyrere on rear paste down. Binding tight and intact. Please see photos. Considered a "wicked" book of the late 17th century, this book was "heretical" and quickly banned. La Peyrere is considered the father of Biblical criticism. He asserted in this treatise that there were humans before Adam. His approach to Biblical scholarship argued that the Bible was just a story of Jewish people, not of all humanity. He was eventually arrested but offered a half-hearted renunciation of his views to escape punishment. This is an important work in the Radical Enlightenment. "The wicked sedition which commend with La Peyrere's Prae-Adamitae, gained impetus with the utter licent … [Click Below for Full Description]
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