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Apologie pour feu Monsieur l'Abbé de St. Cyran. Contre l'extraict d'une information prétendue que l'on fit courir contre luy l'an 1638. Et que les Jésuites ont fait imprimer depuis quelques mois, à la teste d'un libelle diffamatoire intitulé, Sommaire de la théologie de l'Abbé de Sainct Cyran et du Sieur Arnauld. Divisée en deux parties
No place [Port Royal]: No publisher/printer 8vo (15.5 cm; 6.25"). 2 parts in 1 vol. 106 pp., [7] ff., 199, [1] pp., [3] ff.. 1644 Port Royal and Jansenism are synonymous in the history of France in the 1630s and 1640s. Various members of the related Le Maistre and Arnauld families, including Antoine Le Maistre, were drawn to Port Royal for religious or spiritual reasons, Antoine's translation there from Paris having been due to his attraction to the teachings of Jean Du Vergier de Hauranne (abbé de Saint-Cyran) who had introduced Jansenism into France. Le Maistre (1608–58) gave up a promising and young legal career, for he was not yet 30. Despite his youth, he had attracted the attention of Cardinal Richelieu who did not take kindly to his defection; almost coincidental with Le Maistre’s arrival in Port Royal was Jean Du Vergier de Hauranne’s arrest and imprisonment at the cardinal’s instigation. The present work, published after Du Vergier’s death in 1643, defends him against attacks by Jesuit writers. This is the second edition, published the same year as the first. This edition in 8vo format, the first having been in 4to. Evidence of readership: Early underlining, a few marginal notes, and other notes on blank pages. Searches of WorldCat and COPAC locate two copies in the U.S. and three in Britain. All located copies are in 4to format. Contemporary vellum over paste boards, a significant piece of vellum missing from spine (i.e., missing for a long, long time). 19th-century bookplate, light staining here and there, some age-toning; some soot-soiling to top edge and occasionally into upper margin. Minor worming in lower and inner margins of pp. 133 to end. A decent copy with some faults, scarce, and priced accordingly.
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