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Pascal, Blaise. Montalte, Louis De"
Les provinciales ou lettres escrites par Louis de Montalte a un provincial de ses amis et aux Rr. Pp. Jesuites: sur le sujet de la morale, & de la politique de ces peres. [First edition]."
Cologne [Paris], Pierre de la Vallee, [1656-]1657. 4to (23.0 x 17.2 cm). pp. i-xiii [title and Notice (in first state)]; 1-8 (1st letter); 1-8 (2nd); 1-8 (answer from the Provincial and 3rd letter); 1-8 (4th); 1-8 (5th); 1-8 (6th); 1-8 (7th); 1-8 (8th); 1-8 (9th); 1-8 (10th); 1-8 (11th); 1-8 (12th); 1-8 (Refutation of response of 12th letter); 1-8 (13th); 1-8 (14th); 1-8 (15th); 1-12 (16th); 1-8 (17th); 1-12 (18th). Fine full red morocco with raised bands, gilt spine lettering, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt, elaborately gilt blind-tooled inner dentelles, engraved armorial book plate on front board. The rare first edition. “The Lettres provinciales (Provincial letters) are a series of eighteen letters written by French philosopher and theologian Blaise Pascal under the pseudonym Louis de Montalte. Written in the midst of the formulary controversy between the Jansenists and the Jesuits, they are a defense of the Jansenist Antoine Arnauld from Port-Royal-des-Champs, a friend of Pascal who in 1656 was condemned by the Faculte de Theologie at the Sorbonne in Paris for views that were claimed to be heretical. The First letter is dated January 23, 1656 and the Eighteenth March 24, 1657. A fragmentary Nineteenth letter is frequently included with the other eighteen. In these letters, Pascal humorously attacked casuistry, a rhetorical method often used by Jesuit theologians, and accused Jesuits of moral laxity. Being quickly forced underground while writing the Provincial Letters, Pascal pretended they were reports from a Parisian to a friend in the provinces, on the moral and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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