The Dictionary Historical and Critical of Mr. Peter Bayle
London: Knapton et al, 1734.
Second Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Good Condition. Item #045024
Five volumes in contemporary calf, worn, a few boards detached and the rest having been crudely reattached at some point, surface scrapes. Quite clean internally with light scattered foxing. Finely printed with headpieces and wide margins. Portrait in volume one. Old catalog entry pasted to the first title page. It includes the preface to the first French edition and a Life of Bayle.
A major enlightenment text and a great leap towards Diderot's Encyclopedia. "Bayle championed reason against belief, philosophy against religion, tolerance against superstition...For over half a century, until the publication of the Encyclopédie, Bayle's Dictionnaire dominated enlightened thinking in every part of Europe." Printing and the Mind of Man 155. Size: Folio. 5-volume set (complete). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Reference; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 045024.