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LES PROVINCIALES: OR, THE MYSTERIE OF JESUITISME . . . DISPLAYING THE CORRUPT MAXIMES AND POLITICKS OF THAT SOCIETY
Printed by J. G. for R. Royston, London 1657 - 150 x 90 mm. (6 x 3 3/8"). 11 p.l., 409 (i.e., 509), [7] pp. (without the initial blank; including errata and ads at the end). First Edition in English. FINE EARLY 20TH CENTURY CRUSHED BURGUNDY MOROCCO BY JOLY FILS (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with central mandorla formed by panels intricately tooled in gilt, fleuron cornerpieces, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with central fleuron enclosed by a lozenge of circlets, volute cornerpieces, gilt titling, densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. With extra engraved title page. Wing P-643; Graesse V, 146; PMM 140 (French edition). Very small inner margins because tightly bound, otherwise A BEAUTIFUL COPY, the binding unworn and especially bright, and entirely clean and fresh internally. Called by PMM "a noble defense of religious faith," this is the initial printing in English of Pascal's denunciaiton of the Jesuit order, in a lovely 19th century French binding. Pascal (1623-62) was a man of many attainments in several fields, among them physics, philosophy, and mathematics (he is said to have invented the first cash register and the first horse-drawn omnibuses of Paris). Above all, he was a profound thinker, a devout Christian, and a writer whose work was always characterized by purity and precision. In his early twenties, he embraced the Jansenist cause, and when the leading French Jansenist Arnaud was accused by the Jesuits of harboring heretical views, Pascal produced the present work, written in the form of a series of 18 letters that attempt to prove the orthodoxy of the Jansenist position on divine grace, and that castigate the Jesuits for a flexible casuistry that sacrifices moral uprightness for the pursuit of power. Written simply, lucidly, and objectively, the work was enormously successful and dealt the Jesuits a serious setback. PMM observes, " Pascal's weapon was irony, and the freshness with which the gravity of the subject contrasts with the lightness of manner is an enduring triumph." Not surprisingly, the book was put on the Index and ordered to be burned. The English translator, writing during the period of Cromwell's rule, reveals himself in the preface as fanatically opposed to the Jesuit order. He gives the author of the letters the name of Louis de Montalte, but is aware that it is a pseudonym. The Joly name is one of the most distinguished in French bookbinding history. After having apprenticed with a provincial binder, Antoine Joly (1838-1917) moved to Paris, found employment with the celebrated Léon Gruel, later formed a partnership with Thibaron in 1874, succeeded him 11 years later, and, in 1892, turned the business over to his son Robert (1870?-1924). "An excellent gilder like his father, Robert designed and produced a range of classical covers. In World War I he was commissioned by Henri Vever to execute bindings decorated by Jules Chadel and Adolphe Giraldon." (Duncan and De Bartha) The present binding is made with the highest quality morocco, is full of animation and creativity, is executed with unfailing expertise, and is offered here in remarkable condition. Called by PMM "a noble defense of religious faith," this is the initial printing in English of Pascal's denunciaiton of the Jesuit order, in a lovely 19th century French binding. Pascal (1623-62) was a man of many attainments in several fields, among them physics, philosophy, and mathematics (he is said to have invented the first cash register and the first horse-drawn omnibuses of Paris). Above all, he was a profound thinker, a devout Christian, and a writer whose work was always characterized by purity and precision. In his early twenties, he embraced the Jansenist cause, and when the leading French Jansenist Arnaud was accused by the Jesuits of harboring heretical views, Pascal produced the present work, written in the form of a series of 18 letters that attempt to prove the orthodoxy of the Jansenist position on divine grace, and that castigate the Jesuit [Attributes: First Edition]
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