Book Id: 41539 An Historical and Critical Dictionary by Monsieur Bayle. Translated into English, with many Additions and Corrections, made by the Author himself, that are not in the French editions. 4 vols., Folio. Cont. calf, rubbed, rebacked new endpapers. Pierre Bayle.
An Historical and Critical Dictionary by Monsieur Bayle. Translated into English, with many Additions and Corrections, made by the Author himself, that are not in the French editions. 4 vols., Folio. Cont. calf, rubbed, rebacked new endpapers.
An Historical and Critical Dictionary by Monsieur Bayle. Translated into English, with many Additions and Corrections, made by the Author himself, that are not in the French editions. 4 vols., Folio. Cont. calf, rubbed, rebacked new endpapers.

An Historical and Critical Dictionary by Monsieur Bayle. Translated into English, with many Additions and Corrections, made by the Author himself, that are not in the French editions. 4 vols., Folio. Cont. calf, rubbed, rebacked new endpapers.

Publisher Information: London: 1710.

Bayle, Pierre (1647-1706). An historical and critical dictionary . . . translated into English, with many additions and corrections, made by the author himself, that are not in the French editions. 4 vols. [28], 800; [4], 801-1550; [4], 1551-2434; [4], 2439-3108, xciv, [56]pp. (numerous irregularities in the pagination). London: Printed for C. Harper, D. Brown, J. Tonson, A. and J. Churchill [etc.], 1710. 368 x 235 mm. Paneled calf ca. 1710, rebacked, endpapers renewed, some rubbing and wear. Minor spotting, soiling and toning, but very good.

First Edition in English of Bayle’s Dictionnaire historique et critique (1695-97). Bayle’s monumental Dictionnaire was one of the two first vernacular encyclopedias to make an impact on the European world of letters, the other being the Abbé Moréri’s Le grand dictionnaire historique (1674; see no. xx in this catalogue), a work deliberately designed as an apologia and defense of the Catholic Church. Bayle, a French Protestant philosopher living in exile in Rotterdam, intended his Dictionnaire to be “an anti-clerical counterblast to Moréri’s work,” written, “as he put it, ‘to rectify Moréri’s mistakes and fill in the gaps.’ Bayle championed reason against belief, philosophy against religion, tolerance against superstition. In a seemingly detached way he posed arguments and counter-arguments side by side, reserving his most daring insinuations to the renvois (references) which supplemented the actual entries. For over half a century, until the publication of the Encyclopédie, Bayle’s Dictionnaire dominated enlightened thinking in every part of Europe” (Printing and the Mind of Man 155). Bayle’s Dictionnaire had a profound influence on many thinkers of the Enlightenment, including Diderot and the other Encylopédistes, David Hume, and George Berkeley.

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