London: Jacob Tonson, 1688.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003334
8vo (180 x 108 mm). , 1-268, , 269-375  pp. Title within double-rule border, including initial blank leaf and the bifolium *S inserted before p.269. Bound in contemporary calf with little blind-ruling, later morocco spine label lettered in gilt (spine ends repaired, joints cracked but holding firmly), red-sprinkled edges. Text little browned only, occasional minor spotting and creasing, tiny rust-hole in text leaf S8 costing 2 or 3 letters, yellow stain towards lower corner of gatherings D4 to S6. Very good copy. ----
Wing P-645; cf. PMM 152 (for first French edition). EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of Pascal's famous defence of Christianity, the Pensées sur la religion, published posthumously from papers found after the philosopher's death. Pascal's Pensées "has been the subject of endless controversy, as has Pascal's purpose and standpoint in writing them . . . It is, however, a book for which the enquiring mind has had solid reason to be grateful from its first imperfect publication to the present day." (PMM). - Visit our website to see more images!
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