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Opstraet, Jan. Pastor bonus seu idea officium spiritus et praxis pastorum. Leodij: Henrici Hoyoux, . 8vo (16.3 cm, 6.45"). *6A–Z8Aa–Ii8Kk2; , 495,  pp.
First edition of this theological treatise listed in the Index Librorum Prohibitorum; Opstraet was denied a doctoral degree and dismissed from at least one teaching position because of his Jansenist tendencies.
Scarce: Not traced via STCV and only one copy of this edition located via RLIN and OCLC (at Harvard).
Not in STCV. Early 18th-century mottled calf, spine gilt extra, with gilt-stamped leather title-label; leather markedly acid-pitted over sides and chipped over spine extremities, spine with gilt dimmed. Title-page with early inked inscription from a seminary. Pages slightly age-toned, otherwise clean.
Toland, John. Christianity not mysterious: Or, a treatise
shewing, that there is nothing in the Gospel contrary to reason, nor above it: And that no Christian doctrine can be properly call'd a mystery ... the second edition enlarg'd. London: Sam. Buckley, 1696. 8vo (17.8 cm, 7"). xxxii, 174 pp.
Corrected and expanded second edition, printed in the same year
as the first, of this important entry in the Trinitarian debate. The author
was an Irish-born political and theological controversialist who grew up Roman
Catholic, associated with Protestant dissenters during the early portion of
his literary career, and later identified himself as a member of the Church
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The present work argues that the various seeming “mysteries”
of Christianity resulted from the contributions of different early Christian
sects, and makes use of ideas found in Locke's Essay to dismiss the
Trinity on logical and rational grounds; it was highly influential on the
continent, althoughburned in Dublin in 1697
by order of Parliament.
ESTC R7180; Wing (rev.) T1763; Lowndes 2692. Recent period-style
speckled calf, covers framed and panelled in gilt rolls with gilt-stamped
corner fleurons, spine with gilt-stamped leather title and author labels,
gilt-ruled raised bands, and gilt-stamped compartment decorations (signed
by Grace Bindings in blind at inner area of rear cover, lower turn-in). Preface
with inked numeral in lower margin. Some ink smudges to outer margins of first
few leaves, pages otherwise clean. (20723)
Index librorum prohibitorum. Index et catalogvs librorum prohibitorum, mandato...D.D. Gasparis a Qviroga...denuò editus. Madriti: Apud Alphonsum Gomezium regium typographum, 1583. 4to. A4 *2 2A8 B–M8; , 96 ff. [bound with] Index expurgatorius librorum. Index librorvm expurgatorum, illustrissimi ac reuendis. D.D. Gasparis Qviroga...iussu editus. Madriti: Apud Alfonsum Gomezium regium typographum, 1584. 4to. π2 A–B8 C10 D–S8 T10 V–Z8 Aa–Bb8 (-Bb8, a blank); , 194 [ie., 198], [6 (last 2 blanks)] ff. (lacks final blank).
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Marvelous pairing of the two Indexes seeking to regulate reading in the Spanish empire—the first being of books entirely prohibited, the second of books with sections, passages, or chapters to be crossed out—here offered in copies that clearly were used in colonial Mexico. And truly “used”!—for the Index librorum prohibitorum has significant 17th-century additions, showing that at least for a while, an attempt was made to keep the work current with Church dictates.
Copies of the Indexes that can be proved to have been used in colonial Mexico are virtually unknown. This is the first such pairing of 16th-century printings that we have seen in our 30 years of dealing in colonial Mexicana.
Marca de fuego on top and bottom edges of the Convento of San Antonio
Sultepec; later in the library of Santa Barbara of Puebla according to a 17th-century
notation on the title-page of the first work (“Es de Sta. Barbara de
la Puebla, por n[uest]ro her[man]o fr[ay] Juan de Santa Ana, g[uardi]an”).
Aed.I: Palau 118926 Aed. II: 118927 & 118928. Contemporary limp and cockled vellum, a little shrunken and with remnants of ties. Lower margins sometime exposed to water and with arrested mildew damage, causing loss of paper that has been repaired in heavy-handed fashion. Good copies, but not very good ones, of these remarkable survivors!
Charron, Pierre. De la sagesse. Paris: Jean-François Bastien, 1783. 8vo (20 cm, 7.9"). Frontis., xviii, 768 pp.; 1 plt. (damaged/censored).
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Later printing of Charron’s final work, a philosophical treatise
which was first published in 1601 and which was strongly connected to Montaigne’s
essays. Although the author was a Catholic priest widely acclaimed for skillful
preaching, he and La Sagesse came under bitter attack by the clergy when
the work first appeared, on the grounds of its promoting skepticism and free
particular copy seems to have incurred someone’s personal wrath, as the
plate illustrating the allegory of Wisdom has had its central (nude) female
figure excised. The much more staid frontispiece
portrait of the author, done by Pruneau, is undamaged.
Contemporary mottled calf framed in triple gilt fillets, spine
gilt extra, all page edges marbled; binding with expectable acid-pitting and
minor cracking of the leather over the spine and joints. One (and only one)
signature foxed, leaves otherwise clean. A handsome book, defaced in a way
that is depressing but also interesting.
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