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    The Impressive Second English Edition
    of Bayle's Dictionary

    [Dictionary]. Peter Bayle. The Dictionary, Historical and Critical of Mr. Peter Bayle. The Second Edition, Carefully Collated, With the Several Editions of the Original; in Which Many Passages are Restored, and the Whole Greatly Augmented, Particularly with a Translation of the Quotations from eminent Writers in Various Languages. To which is Prefixed the Life of the Author, Revised, Corrected and Enlarged, by Mr. Des Maizeaux, Fellow of the Royal Society, Vols. I-V. London: J. J. and P. Knapton, D. Midwinter, et al, 1734-1738. Second edition in English. Five folio volumes. Portrait frontispiece in volume I. Bound in contemporary full brown calf, boards ruled in gilt, burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels, six raised bands. Bindings worn, most boards detached. Sold with all faults. From the collection of Alexander J. Jemal, Jr.

    ""The Dictionnaire Historique et Critique" is a biographical dictionary written by Pierre Bayle (1647-1706), a Huguenot who lived and published in Holland after fleeing his native France due to religious persecution. The dictionary was first published in 1697, and enlarged in the second edition of 1702. An English translation was first published in 1709. The overwhelming majority of the entries are devoted to individual people, whether historical or mythical, but some articles treat religious beliefs and philosophies. Many of the more controversial ideas in the book were hidden away in the voluminous footnotes, or slipped into articles on seemingly uncontroversial topics. The rigor and skeptical approach used in the Dictionary influenced many thinkers of the Enlightenment, including Denis Diderot and the other Encyclopedistes, David Hume, and George Berkeley." [Wikipedia].


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