Bibliothèque Janseniste, ou Catalogue alphabetique ds principaux Livres Jansenistes, ou suspects de Jansenisme, qui ont paru depuis la Naissance de cette Héresie, avec des Notes Critiques sur les véritables Auteurs de ces Livres, sur les Er
[ Colonia, Dominique de ].

[n.p.: Lyon], 1722. First edition of this comprehensive annotated bibliography of Jansenist publications, with a brief section also on quietist works. This book was reprinted in 1731, 1735,1739, and 1744, and expanded by Patouillet in 1752 and 1755, but this first edition i Corners, head of spine lightly worn. Faint old library stamp on title-page (“Ecole Theologie”). A good, clean copy. Contemporary sheep. Gilt spine with burgundy morocco label. Twelvemo. [48], 307, [1, errata] p (Item ID: 14537)


Dominique de Colonia (1660-1741) was a Jesuit and a passionate anti-Jansenist, who spotted Jansenist tendencies in a number of texts of highly esteemed religious writers. This work was itself controversial, and was put on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, where it remained until at least1900, when Pope Leo XIII’s Index did not list it. Jansenism was a branch of French Catholic thought that grew out of the Counter-Reformation. Originating in the writings of Cornelius Jansen (1585-1638), it stressed original sin, the necessity for divine grace, and asceticism. It was the most divisive force in the Catholic Church between the time of Jansen and the French Revolution, though today it is seen as a modernizing influence.

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