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Dictionaire Historique et Critique Par Mr Pierre B

 
Dictionaire Historique et Critique Par Mr Pierre B by BAYLE, Pierre; Pierre des Maizeaux (1734)

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Author: BAYLE, Pierre; Pierre des Maizeaux
Title: Dictionaire Historique et Critique Par Mr Pierre Bayle Cinquieme Edition Revue, Corrigee et Augmentee de Remarques Critiques, Avec La Vie de L'Auteur, Par Mr. Des Maizeaux
 
Year: 1734
Publisher: Par La Compagnie Des Libraraires
Place: Amsterdam
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £750
 
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Fifth and best edition of Bayle's dictionary in five huge folio volumes incorporating Des Maizeaux' biography of the author. Bound in dry and flaky but sound and usable French contemporary calf. six spine compartments, labels absent; an armorial design in gilt to the upper cover of each book, surmounted by a coronet with nine pearls denoting the crest of a French comte. Marbled endpapers with an eighteenth century bookplate with the motto 'Esse Quam Videri'. Each title page has a vignette by Jan Schenk and there is an early ownership inscription to every volume on the title page which has been crossed through. Internally the books are in very good condition. Bayle's biographical dictionary is seen as a forerunner of the work of the French Encyclopaedists but could not itself be published in France due to Bayle's Huguenot origins. This fifth edition is considered to be the best and formed the basis for all subsequent reprints. Alexandre Laumonier notes in his 2015 preface to a selection from the dictionary: 'Pierre Bayle continuera ensuite à corriger ses propres erreurs, jusqu'à la cinquième édition du Dictionnaire en 1734, considérée comme l'édition définitive (les éditions suivantes sont soit des copies, soit ne comportent pas la mise en page originelle).'
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