Paris: Gregoire du Puis, 1710. First edition of this defense of religion by Père Laubrussel (1663-1730) in reply to attacked made by Bayle and his fellow skeptics. “Laubrussel mocks the passionate efforts and debates that ‘critics’ devote to the dating of insignificant events, to inquiries on the chronology of distant ages…to the deciphering of old inscriptions and coins…to the establishing of the date and utility of some manuscripts found in the rubbish where ‘our ancestors’ had wisely let them lie…” (Ligota and Quantin, History of Scholarship, p. 188). A main target is the French Richard Simon (1638-1712), author of Histoire critique du Vieux Testament (1682). A little worming in lower margin of Volume II, fly-leaves browned. A very good, attractive copy. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt spines, tooled in compartments. The Macclesfield copy, with the South Library bookplate and embossed stamp. Two volumes, twelvemo. , xxxviii, , 394, [22, table]; , 417, [12, table] pp. Some mispagination. Item #15163
OCLC notes copies only at Michigan and Boston College in North America.