Histoire des Oracles. Par M. de Fontenelli [sic] de l’Académie Françoise. Nouvelle Edition. Paris, Michel Brunet, 1698.
New Edition. 12mo (165 x 85 mm), pp. , 321, , small worm trail at blank gutter of R8-2D6, in contemporary sprinkled calf, raised bands, spine gilt, brown morocco label lettered in gilt, all edges sprinkled red, small loss at head and foot of spine, joints split at lower gutter but firm, with a contemporary inscription, ‘Oxhey, D_A’ on the front pastedown.
A fascinating work on oracles, first published in 1687 by a this seventeenth century pioneer of popular educational literature. Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle (1657-1757) was a man of letters, an important member of the academies of the Institut de France, and the author of several successful works touching on contemporary French society and religion. Histoire des oracles was based on two scholarly dissertations by Antonius van Dale, published in 1683. Fontenelle created a revised compendium, discrediting oracles, superstition, miracles and the supernatural.
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