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About this Item: Gale ECCO, Print Editions, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1170445721

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About this Item: Printed for R. Robinson. 1719, 1719. xii, 96pp. 8vo. Light browning. Bound in recent black pebble-grained cloth, new e.ps & pastedowns; inner hinges reinforced with cloth tape. ESTC T36304. Pierre des Maizeaux, also spelled Desmaizeaux (died 1745) was a French Huguenot writer exiled in London, best known as the translator and biographer of Pierre Bayle. His father, a minister of the reformed church, had to leave France on the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and took refuge in Geneva, where Pierre was educated. Pierre Bayle gave him an introduction to the 3rd Lord Shaftesbury, with whom, in 1689, he went to England, where he engaged in literary work. He remained in close touch with the religious refugees in England and Holland, and with the leading continental savants and writers, who were in the habit of employing him to conduct such business as they might have in England. In 1720 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. He also edited the writings of John Locke (1720). This 'model' biography, a 'specimen of my work', was published to promote the forthcoming edition of Bayle's Biographical Dictionary upon which Desmaiseaux was currently working. Seller Inventory # 57237

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DES MAIZEAUX, PIERRE]

Published by London: Printed for R. Robinson, 1719 (1719)

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About this Item: London: Printed for R. Robinson, 1719, 1719. NCBEL II, 1770. Condition: Fine copy. First edition. 8vo, modern gray boards, printed paper label. ? This biography of John Hales (1584-1656), the scholar and clergyman known as the "Ever Memorable," is an early work in English (the first recorded in NCBEL) by the interesting Frenchman-turned-Englishman, Pierre Des Maizeaux (1672-1745), a journalist and biographer who came to England from his native France and became well known and respected among the English intelligentsia of the early 18th century, including Locke, Hume, Bayle, Anthony Collins and Addison. See the DNB online for both Hales and Des Miazeaux. Seller Inventory # 22255

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DES MAIZEAUX, Pierre.]

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About this Item: London: printed for R. Robinson., 1719. 8vo in fours, pp. xii, 96; with the author's name pasted in (on a small printed slip) at the end of the dedication); finely bound in contemporary gilt panelled red morocco, edges gilt, marbled endpapers. From the library of the Earls of Macclesfield at Shirburn Castle, with North Library bookplate. The dedication copy, splendidly bound in red morocco for the first Earl of Macclesfield, to whom the work is dedicated. This is the first and only edition of an interesting book, a specimen of a biographical dictionary planned by Des Maizeaux along the same lines as that of his friend and mentor Pierre Bayle, to whose Dictionnaire Historique et Critique (1702) he had contributed; he also defended Bayle's reputation in England, and wrote an account of Bayle's life (1708). This life of Hales, and one of Chillingworth (published later in 1719) were all that ever appeared, and his poverty prevented him from continuing with the project. However, the use of Bayle's historical-critical method, the tolerant attitude towards dissent and the emphasis on dispassionate interpretation of events, point the way towards a new kind of biography in English. Yet because of his experiences as a Protestant refugee, Des Maizeaux was not indifferent to controversy. In his dedication to the present work, he does his best to flatter Macclesfield (1667-1732), who had become Lord Chancellor the previous year: 'No one, my Lord, can be ignorant of the Zeal and Steddiness with which you have defended, in the most difficult times, the Rights of the Protestant Succession, which is the basis and foundation of the Liberties of the Kingdom, and of the Religion which we profess'. He goes on to emphasise that the work he proposes is too great a task for one man to execute, and seems to be hinting that Macclesfield might underwrite it, or at least persuade others to take over the task: 'I could wish, My Lord, that other persons would joyn with me in it; or rather, that, being much more capable of the Undertaking, they would entirely charge themselves with the execution of it' (pp. ix-x). It was indeed true that Macclesfield was a considerable patron of learning, and particularly of scientists (he was a pallbearer at Isaac Newton's funeral in 1727), but there is no indication that he ever offered assistance to Des Maizeaux. Seller Inventory # 12913

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