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    "The Philosopher of Rotterdam"

    [Pierre Bayle]. Pensees Diverses Ecrites a un Docteur de Sorbonne, a l'Occasion de la Cométe qui Parut au Mois de December 1680. Rotterdam: Reinier Leers, 1683.

    Second edition. [2], 811, [15] pages.

    Full contemporary vellum. Black lettering to spine. The paper of the front pastedown tearing along the vellum turn-ins. Vellum boards bowing somewhat.. Very good.

    Bayle's famous treatise on popular superstition was prompted by the public's reaction to the Great Comet of 1680. "Assuredly, the most enigmatic and controversial, as well as probably the single most widely read and influential thinker of the Early Enlightenment, was the 'philosopher of Rotterdam' - Pierre Bayle (1647-1706). His pivotal role in the onset of the European Enlightenment has never been doubted" (Israel).

    Jonathan Irvine Israel, Radical Enlightenment, 331.

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