First edition in duodecimo format of the French translation, illustrated with 7 fold-out plates engraved in intaglio, including the frontispiece title. The first French edition and published in 1666 in quarto format at the same address.
Book which was published in 1653 under the title: “Pansebeia ; or, a view of all religions in the world, from the creation, to these times. Together with discovery of all known heresies, in all ages and places"
This is truly one of the first attempts in the West to rationally understand religious diversity.
Translated from the English by Thomas La Grue.
Of particular interest are the sections dealing with religion in the New World, including Virginia, Florida, Canada, Mexico, New Spain, Guyana, Peru, Brazil, etc.
Alexander Ross (c.1590-1654), was a Scottish Anglican clergyman and philosophical writer who produced many religious works defending Christian orthodoxy. In other publications, he vehemently defended Aristotle. Cioranescu, XVII, 39 276 (for the 1666 edition)
Granite calfskin binding, decorated spine with raised bands.
Significant restorations on the spine and the corners of the boards (see photos). Inside in good overall condition. Small tears in the fold of 3 plates restored on the back. Marks and small stains from handling. Light marginal dampstain on several sheets that doesn’t reach the text.
Alexander Ross; Thomas de La Grue;
Les religions du monde, ou Démonstration de toutes les religions & hérésies de l'Asie, Afrique, Amérique & de l'Europe, depuis le commencement du monde jusqu'à présent. Escrites par le Sr. Alexander Ross. And translated by Thomas La Grue. Enrichy de plusieurs figures en taille douce.
A Amsterdam : chez Jean Schipper. MDCLXVIII., 1669
6ff- 288pp + 7 pl
Duodecimo 15.5 x 9 cm
- Number of Books
- Bindings, Illustrated, Religion
- Author/ Illustrator
- Alexander Ross; Thomas de La Grue
- Book Title
- Les religions du monde, ou Démonstration... religions & hérésies de l'Asie, Afrique, Amérique...
- Publication year oldest item
- Illustrated Edition
- Original language
- Jean Schipper
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 15.5×9 cm