New posthumous edition of the magnum opus of Adrien Baillet (1649-1706).
A great scholar who was successively regent of a college, country vicar, and then librarian of the famous collector and bibliophile Chrétien François de Lamoignon,whose collection he compiled in a catalogue raisonné. He was an insatiable reader and researcher, Baillet is notably known as the first biographer of René Descartes.
His work on the Vies des Saints was excluded by the Church. The censors felt that Baillet was too close to the ideas of the reformers by dismissing the miracles that he did not believe to be true.
Spine faded and slighly rubbed.
Provenance: Rohan-Chabot collection (arms).