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Commentaire philosophique sur ces paroles de Jesus-Chrit [sic]. Contrain-les d'entrer; où l'on prouve par plusieurs raisons démonstratives qu'il n'y a rien de plus abominable que de faire des conversions par la contrainte, & l'on refute tous les Sophismes des Convertisseurs à contrainte, & l'Apologie que s. Augustin a faite des persécutions. Traduit de l'Anglois du Sieur Jean Fox de Bruggs par M. J. F.
"Canterbury: chez Thomas Litwel" [but Amsterdam: Abraham Wolfgang(?)], 1686 - Two parts in one volume, duodecimo (128 x 78 mm), the two parts with separate title-pages, but continuous pagination. Contemporary stiff vellum, ink title to spine. With the errata at the end of the table (5*3 verso). Leaf 5*4 (blank) cut away. Fore edges of first 15 or so leaves expertly restored with tissue. Remains of early reference label to spine, small reference number inscription to top corner of first title page. Boards and spine slightly dust-soiled. A very good copy. Woodcut devices to titles, headpiece and historiated capitals. First edition of Bayle's brilliant and impassionate defence of religious tolerance, a Huguenot exile's response to the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes which had been enacted the previous year. The Commentaire philosophique established its author as a defender of free conscience for all believers and for atheists. It detailed Bayle's notion of errant conscience, scandalous to Protestants, Catholics and militant atheists alike: that error believed to be truth must be allowed all the privileges of truth. Bayle's plan, outlined in his title and preface, mentioned a third part, on two letters of St Augustine. In fact, a subsequent edition dated 1686–8 was published in four volumes, the third and fourth parts having come out as Supplément in 1687 and 1688. Published pseudonymously under a fictitious imprint and most probably printed in Amsterdam by Abraham Wolfgang. Barbier Vol. 1, p. 644; Conlon 2784; ESTC R172658; Wing B 1469B; for the place of imprint see Weller, Die falschen und fingerten Druckorte, II, p. 39; Elisabeth Labrousse, Correspondance de Pierre Bayle, 2010. . [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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