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    Laurent Bordelon. Les Oeuvres: Remarques ou Reflexions Critiques, Morales Et Historiques... [Seneuse,1690]; De L'Astrologie Judiciare Entretien Curieux [Louis Lucas & Etienne Du Castin,1689]; [and:] Les Philosophes A L'Encan. Dialogues [Jean Musier,1690]. Paris: Etienne du Castin, Arnoul Seneuse, & Jean Musier, 1689-90. Krown & Spellman retail: $1200. First collected edition. 12mo. 3 vols. in 1. ยน2,a2-6,A-S12;a8,e4,A-M 4.8,N6;a5,i2,A-R4.2. [4],[10],418,[14], [2, blank];[22],147,[9];[16],95,[9]p. Decorative devices on title pages, head-pieces, decorated initials. 19th century 1/2 calf over marbled boards, spine banded, gilt in compartments with floral device, title gilt on red morocco label, marbled endpapers, bookplate of Daniel Ruzo (1900-1991) Peruvian archaeologist and Nostradamus authority, old catalogue slips pasted in, textblock cockled from damp, offsetting, pencil annotation on page facing title page of De L'Astrologie, faint foxing, light dampstain on last leaves in inner margin. Three first editions of Bordelon reissued with a collective title-page. Rare thus. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Bordelon (1653-1730), chaplain of St.-Eustache, was an intimate of the ruling and intellectual Parisian circles of his day. "A minor writer, he is typical of the nascent movement that included Cyrano de Bergerac (died 1655) at the end of the seventeenth century which ultimately led to the acceptance of rationalism. In over thirty works (including drama and pedagogy) comatting superstiio, Bordelon occasionally employed the weapons of ridicule." [Robbins] In 1710 he wrote a famous satire upon the traditional aspects of witchcraft and demonology "L'Histoire des imaginaions extragantes de Monsieur Oufle."

    The first work, in our volume, is in the tradition of moral and philosophical reflections based on references from ancient writers. Several of the chapters are on occult subject including xxxiv on judicial astrology; xxxv on various forms of divination; and xcvi on oracles.

    The second work is his famous attack on judicial astrology and spends several pages attacking Nostradamus.

     The third volume begins with a Lucian's famous satire on philosophers,the "Sale of Creeds" tanslated by Perrot d'Ablancourt (1606-1664) with extensive commentary. The second 'Dialogue' which is patterned after Lucian, is presumably by Bordelon and continues the satiric attack citing his own 'Remarques' on p84. [See: Jacqueline De La Harpe's; L'Abbe Laurent Bordelon et la lutte contre la superstition en France entre 1680 et 1730. U. of Ca Publications in Modern Philology, XXVI,2, 123-224) Benazra 264. Esoterica 430 (this copy?) OCLC 70443516 (1 copy).

    Astrologie: Houzeau & Lancaster 5337. Caillet 1419. Graesse I, 494. Bibliotheca Astrologica 158. BM Goldsmith 17th French 1453. Guaita 94. Houzeau/Lancaster 5337. Cantamessa, 637.

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