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This item is up for auction at Catawiki. Please click on "respond to advert" to get redirected to the Catawiki website. Bonaventure des Périers (c.?1500–1544) was a French author and a valet de chamber under the protection of the Queen of Navarre. He was encouraged to participate in free discussions in the royal court, and this made his as disliked by Calvanists as well as Catholics. This free inquiry turned to brilliant scepticism in Cymbalum Mundi (1537) and the book earned des Périers much abuse.The book consists of four dialogues in imitation of Lucian, the second century satirist. Its allegorical form did not conceal its real meaning, and, when it was printed by Morin, probably early in 1538, the Sorbonne secured the suppression of the edition before it was offered for sale. The book’s attack on superstition, belief in the paranormal, religious practices and early-day Puritanism led to the prohibition lasting until 1858.This is a 'Nouvelle e´dition. Revu^e, corrige´e & augmente´e de notes & remarques, communique´es par plusieurs sc¸avans [i.e. B. de La Monnoye, A. Lancelot and C. Falconet]', that is a richly augmented new edition. It was published in Paris, but hidden (as were many sceptical texts) under the protection of the Netherlands. As Brunet states in his well-known bibliographical manual, '"The 1732 edition is the only one that is sought after today." (Brunet II, 644). It is a smallIsh volume (14.5 x 9cm), xxx + 243 pages, with a lovely frontispiece, four copper plates and one vignette on p. 67 by Bernard Picart, engraved by van Buisen. Title page in red and black. Ex-libris A.-P. Humbert; the book is in fabulous condition with minimal wear or browning, and a beautiful and highly collectable binding. The binding is by Rene Kiefer (stamped) and is gorgeously embellished and worked in gilt and olive green soft leather. 22020939

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