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About this Item: charpentier, 1853. Couverture rigide. Condition: Bon. Edition originale. 1853. Seller Inventory # 39-151H-HCMQ

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About this Item: Gallimard (collection Folio), 1990. Brossura. Condition: nuovo. senza sovraccoperta. prima edizione. Seller Inventory # 1M079

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About this Item: Pierre De La Valle'e, Cologne, 1739. Full-Leather. Condition: Very Good. Early Printing. Tome Quatrieme (Volume 4) only. Tightly bound in period, full, brown leather with a red title label and a worn black label. Both the spine and the covers have good, unworn and unbumped edges with slight rubbing. (viii), 539 pages and 13 pages of "Table De Matieres". The pages are clean, crisp and are tightly bound. Seller Inventory # 11496

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Pascale, B

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About this Item: Renouard, Paris, 1816. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. First thus. 24mo. 2 volumes Corners bumped, leather spine covers damaged with losses to top and tail. gilt page edges. Both volumes top right corner of title page oblong area cut off. Minor foxing, otherwise good clean copies. FRENCH TEXT. Seller Inventory # AB10042

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Pascal, Bl.

Published by Librairie De Firmin Didot Freres, Paris, France (1853)

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About this Item: Librairie De Firmin Didot Freres, Paris, France, 1853. leather. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. Brown cover with gilt lettering and embossed decoration to spine and upper board looks a little worn and rubbed. Coloured page block. School sticker to front inside cover. Contents in very good clean condition. Used in French. Seller Inventory # 207414

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Les Provinciales ou Lettres Ecrittes par Louis: PASCAL BLAISE)

PASCAL BLAISE)

Published by chez Balthasar Winfelt,, A Cologne (ma Bruxelles), (1684)

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About this Item: chez Balthasar Winfelt,, A Cologne (ma Bruxelles), 1684. Cm. 20, pp. (40) 613 (1). Frontespizio in rosso e nero. Leg. coeva in piena pelle, dorso a nervi. Tagli rossi. Dorso con tracce d'uso ed una mancanza alla cuffia inferiore. Qualche fioritura sparsa, peraltro esemplare marginoso ed in discreto stato di conservazione. Prima edizione plurilingue, rara e ricercata. Cfr. Brunet IV, 396; Graesse V, 145. Seller Inventory # 56708

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Les Provinciales ou Lettres Ecrittes par Louis: PASCAL BLAISE)

PASCAL BLAISE)

Published by chez Balthasar Winfelt,, A Cologne (ma Bruxelles), (1684)

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About this Item: chez Balthasar Winfelt,, A Cologne (ma Bruxelles), 1684. Cm. 19, pp. (40) 613 (1). Frontespizio in rosso e nero. Bella leg. del tempo in piena pelle, dorso a nervi con ricchi fregi in oro e titoli su tassello. Tagli rossi. Qualche trascurabile abrasione ai piatti e sporadiche bruniture, ma bell'esemplare, stampato su carta di buona qualità. Prima edizione plurilingue, rara e ricercata. Cfr. Brunet IV, 396; Graesse V, 145. Seller Inventory # 9620

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PASCAL, BLAISE]

Published by CHEZ PIERRE DE LA VALLE, Cologne (1657)

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About this Item: CHEZ PIERRE DE LA VALLE, Cologne, 1657. Contemporary Vellum. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. (xxiv) + 397 + 111 pages, bound in contemporary vellum. 18 letters written anonymously by Blaise Pascal between 23rd January 1656 - 24th March 1657 (although only 17 letters are mentioned in the 'Advertissement' at the start of the book). Includes the 'Refutation de la Response a la Douzieme Lettre', plus, in the final section, the 'Advis de Messieurs les Cures de Paris', 'Table des Propositions', 'Lettre d'un Cure de Rouen', 'Requeste des Curez de Rouen', 'Remontrance de Messieurs les Curez de Paris', 'Principes et Suites de la Probabilite', a send 'Tables des Propositions, 'La Censure', 'Extrait de quelques proposition', letter from Jacques Boonen & 'Jugement de la Faculte de Theologie de Louvain'. Complete and sound volume. This volume, which is duodecimo, is the same year as the complete quarto edition of 1657. It would appear that there was an incomplete quarto edition published in 1656. In our edition the third letter is signed E. A. A. B. P. A. F. D. E. P. (with the P at the end rather than at the beginning). So ours is the first 12mo edition of this collection. Size: 12mo. hardback. Seller Inventory # ALD/132

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About this Item: 8vo (207 x 128 mm). Titel in Rot und Schwarz. [20] Bl., 613 S. Zweispaltiger Druck. Roter Ganzmaroquinband, Deckelrahmen aus Dreifachfileten, Eckstücken und gekröntem liegendem Löwen in Goldprägung, reicher Rücken- und Innenkantenvergoldung, Goldschnitt (Rückenkopf fachgerecht restauriert). A Cologne, Balthasar Winfelt [recte: imprimé par Eugène Henri Fricx à Bruxelles], 1684. Schön gebundenes Exemplar der ersten polyglotten Ausgabe von Blaise Pascals einflussreichen moral-theologischen Streitschriften, mit den ersten Übersetzungen ins Spanische und Italienische. Als literarische Meisterwerke und "erstes Musterbeispiel französischer Prosa" (PMM) sind die unter dem Pseudonym Louis de Montalte zwischen dem 23. Januar 1656 und dem 24. März 1657 geschriebenen Briefe selbst von Pascals jesuitischen Gegnern bewundert worden. Der Verfasser griff damit in einen Streit ein, der durch die Verweigerung der Absolution für einen dem Jansenismus nahestehenden Adeligen ausgelöst worden war. Noch im Jahr des Erscheinens kam das Werk auf den Index, was aber seiner Verbreitung und seinem Ruhm wohl nur Vorschub leistete und für Anteilnahme jenseits der Grenzen Frankreichs sorgte. "L'ouvrage le plus lu à l'époque, Les Provinciales ont contribué à imposer un art d'écrire classique" (En Français dans le Texte, 96). - Mit fingiertem Druckort Köln wurde diese seltene viersprachige Edition tatsächlich in Brüssel, oder nach anderen Angaben in Amsterdam, gedruckt. - Gelegentliche Bräunung. Das nicht identifizierte kleine Supralibros in Goldprägung zeigt einen liegenden gekrönten Löwen mit linker Tatze auf Globus. Maire II, 212-213; Techener, Monographie des éditions des Lettres Provinciales (1878), Nr. 43; Palau 213814 ("primera edición en castellano"); VD 17 (Online Kat.) 12:114413F; Ebert 15902; vgl. PMM 140. First polyglot edition of Pascal's masterpiece of French prose, bound in contemporary full red morocco. First published anonymously in 1656 the eighteen Provincial Letters were admired as literary masterpieces of French prose even by his Jesuit adversaries who were attacked in this book for their attempts to reconcile 16th-century naturalism with orthodox Roman Catholicism. - Published with the ficticious imprint Cologne the text was printed in parallel columns by Eugène Henri Fincx (1644-1730) at Brussels, but according to other sources at Amsterdam. - Somewhat browned. - Contemporary red morocco, triple gilt fillets around sides with ornamented corner, in centre crowned lying lion, holding the globe with its left paw, gilt inside dentelles. Seller Inventory # B348624

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Pascal, Blaise]

Published by Chés Pierre de la Vallée, "Cologne" [i.e. Paris] (1657)

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About this Item: Chés Pierre de la Vallée, "Cologne" [i.e. Paris], 1657. 23.7 cm. Letters 1-15 have 8 pages; 16-18 have 12 pages. "Refutation de la reponse a la douziéme lettre" bound before the 12th letter. Brown morocco, gilt, a.e.g., by Riviere. Small chip at the top of the spine; joints neatly repaired. Fifth letter lightly browned; small hole repaired with loss of a few letters on 18:7/8. First state of advertisement leaf with spelling"advertisement" "These letters were originally issued clandestinely in eighteen parts as a series of separate publications by a variety of different printers between 23 January 1656 and 15 January 1657. No detailed or authoritative information on these separate issues is available," PMM. "The Lettres Provinciales, as they are called, are the first example of French prose as we know it today, perfectly finished in form, varied in style, and on a subject of universal importance.[Pascal] was an infant prodigy, whose work in mathematics and natural science attracted considerable attention before he was sixteen. [But he] will always be chiefly remembered as a moralist, more especially as the great apologist for Jansenism, the seventeenth-century French ascetic movement of reform inside the Roman Catholic Church.At the end of 1655, the movement had been much under attack from the Jesuits, and Pascal was persuaded to write a rejoinder.[his] counter-attack took the form of a brilliant exposure of the casuistical methods of argument employed by the Jesuits.Pascal's weapon was irony, and the freshness with which the gravity of the subject contrasts with the lightness of the manner is an enduring triumph. The vividness and distinction of his style recalls Milton at its best.," Printing and the Mind of Man, 140. First edition, first issue, the 18 separate letters, plus the refutation, bound together. Seller Inventory # 28515

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Les Provinciales ou lettres escrites par Louis: PASCAL, Blaise]. MONTALTE,

PASCAL, Blaise]. MONTALTE, Louis de.

Published by Pierre de la Vallée [1656-]1657, Cologne [Paris] (1656)

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About this Item: Pierre de la Vallée [1656-]1657, Cologne [Paris], 1656. First edition. A beautiful copy of Pascal’s 18 Provincial letters, bound in fine red morocco in 1865 by Chambolle-Duru, from the collection of Benzon (his sales catalogue no. 42, 1875) with two further rare works relating to Pascal. Provenance: inscription to title ‘Ex libris Congregationis domus Missionis Trecensis’, repeated on the 8th letter. ?PMM 140."The Lettres Provinciales, as they are called, are the first example of French prose as we know it today, perfectly finished in form, varied in style, and on a subject of universal importance [Pascal] was an infant prodigy, whose work in mathematics and natural science attracted considerable attention before he was sixteen. [But he] will always be chiefly remembered as a moralist, more especially as the great apologist for Jansenism, the seventeenth-century French ascetic movement of reform inside the Roman Catholic Church. At the end of 1655, the movement had been much under attack from the Jesuits, and Pascal was persuaded to write a rejoinder. [his] counter-attack took the form of a brilliant exposure of the casuistical methods of argument employed by the Jesuits. Pascal’s weapon was irony, and the freshness with which the gravity of the subject contrasts with the lightness of the manner is an enduring triumph. The vividness and distinction of his style recalls Milton at its best." (Printing and the Mind of Man).The style of the letters meant that, quite apart from their religious influence, the Provincial Letters were popular as a literary work. Adding to that popularity was Pascal’s use of humor, mockery, and satire in his arguments. The letters also influenced the prose of later French writers like Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. 4to (230 x 172 mm), bound in fine full red morocco with raised bands, gilt spine lettering, all edges gilt, marbled end-papers, elaborately gilt blind-tooled inner boarders, engraved armorial book plate of Benzon. Fully complete: pp [i-xiii: title and Notice (in first state)]; 1-8 (1st letter); 1-8 (2nd letter); 1-8 (answer from the Provincial and 3rd letter); 1-8 (4th letter); 1-8 (5th letter); 1-8 (6th letter); 1-8 (7th letter); 1-8 (8th letter); 1-8 (9th letter); 1-8 (10th letter); 1-8 (11th letter); 1-8 (12th letter); 1-8 (Refutation to response of 12th letter); 1-8 (13th letter); 1-8 (14th letter); 1-8 (15th letter); 1-12 (16th letter); 1-8 (17th letter, 23 January 1657); 1-12 (18th letter). Bound with: Nobilissimi Scutarii Blasii Pascalis tumulus (1662), pp [1-2] 3-4 [and:] L’Apologie pour les casuists contre les calomnies des iansenistes: par un theologien & Professeur en droit Canon. Condamnée par nosseigneurs les prelats, & par la Faculté de Theologie de Paris. (Paris, 1659), pp [i-iv] 1-191 [192:blank]. Seller Inventory # 3426

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Les provinciales ou lettres escrites par Louis: Pascal, Blaise]. "Montalte,
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About this Item: "Cologne" [Paris], Pierre de la Vallée, [1656-]1657. 4to (23.0 x 17.2 cm). pp. i-xiii [title and Notice (in first state)]; 1-8 (1st letter); 1-8 (2nd); 1-8 (answer from the Provincial and 3rd letter); 1-8 (4th); 1-8 (5th); 1-8 (6th); 1-8 (7th); 1-8 (8th); 1-8 (9th); 1-8 (10th); 1-8 (11th); 1-8 (12th); 1-8 (Refutation of response of 12th letter); 1-8 (13th); 1-8 (14th); 1-8 (15th); 1-12 (16th); 1-8 (17th); 1-12 (18th). Fine full red morocco with raised bands, gilt spine lettering, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt, elaborately gilt blind-tooled inner dentelles, engraved armorial book plate on front board.l The very rare first edition. "The Lettres provinciales (Provincial letters) are a series of eighteen letters written by French philosopher and theologian Blaise Pascal under the pseudonym Louis de Montalte. Written in the midst of the formulary controversy between the Jansenists and the Jesuits, they are a defense of the Jansenist Antoine Arnauld from Port-Royal-des-Champs, a friend of Pascal who in 1656 was condemned by the Faculté de Théologie at the Sorbonne in Paris for views that were claimed to be heretical. The First letter is dated January 23, 1656 and the Eighteenth March 24, 1657. A fragmentary Nineteenth letter is frequently included with the other eighteen. In these letters, Pascal humorously attacked casuistry, a rhetorical method often used by Jesuit theologians, and accused Jesuits of moral laxity. Being quickly forced underground while writing the Provincial Letters, Pascal pretended they were reports from a Parisian to a friend in the provinces, on the moral and theological issues then exciting the intellectual and religious circles in the capital. In the letters, Pascal's tone combines the fervor of a convert with the wit and polish of a man of the world. Their style meant that, quite apart from their religious influence, the Provincial Letters were popular as a literary work. Adding to that popularity was Pascal's use of humor, mockery, and satire in his arguments. The letters also influenced the prose of later French writers like Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Brilliantly written by Pascal, the Provincial Letters would not have been possible without the work of theologians from Port-Royal; indeed, most of the arguments Pascal deployed were already to be found in Arnauld's Théologie morale des Jésuites, something which led the Jesuit Nicolas Caussin to reply to Pascal's perceived libel. Pascal's main source on Jesuit casuistry was Antonio Escobar's Summula casuum conscientiae (1627), several propositions of which would be later condemned by Pope Innocent XI. Paradoxically, the Provincial Letters were both a success and a defeat: a defeat, on the political and theological level, and a success on the moral level. Thus, King Louis XIV ordered that the book be shredded and burnt in 1660. The final letter from Pascal, in 1657, had defied the Pope himself, provoking Alexander VII to condemn the letters. But that didn't stop most of educated France from reading them. Moreover, even Pope Alexander, while publicly opposing them, nonetheless was persuaded by Pascal's arguments. Just a few years later (1665-66, and then 1679), Alexander condemned ‘laxity’ in the church and ordered a revision of casuistical texts" (Wikipedia, partly after PMM). This copy bound with "Nobilissimi Scutarii Blasii Pascalis tumulus" (1662), pp. [1-2] 3-4; and with "l'Apologie pour les casuists contre les calomnies des iansenistes: par un theologien & Professeur en droit Canon. Condamnée par nosseigneurs les prelats, & par la Faculté de Theologie de Paris". Paris, 1659. pp [i-iv], 1-191. In all a beautiful copy of Pascal’s 18 Provincial letters, bound in fine red morocco in 1865 by Chambolle-Duru, for the collection of Benzon (?) and including two other rare works relating to Pascal. Further provenance: inscription to title ‘Ex libris Congregationis domus Missionis Trecensis’, repeated on the 8th letter. PMM, 140. Seller Inventory # 68151

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