Divers traitez de metaphysique, d’histoire, et de politique...

Paris, Jean Baptiste Coignard, 1691.

12mo, pp. vi, 291, [1, privilège and errata], light browning throughout, some occasional spotting, marginal worm track from the front pastedown to p.8, then single holes throughout the rest of the book, one tear and one ink annotation, otherwise a fine copy, bound in contemporary calf, spine decorated gilt in compartments with raised bands, gilt lettering-piece, some small scratches to upper board and small white paint splashes to lower board, some erosion to front pastedown, with a pencil note to front free endpaper and an ink mark to the rear pastedown.


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First edition of these posthumously published works on metaphysics, history and politics by the lawyer, tutor to the Dauphin (future King Louis XV) and some time director of the French Academy. He was highly active in the philosophical circles of Paris. Early on he drew the attention of Bossuet, and the men were two of the most important followers of Descartes of the time. De Cordemoy was one of the founders of ‘occasionalism’, stating that God is the one cause of action in the world. He also spent eighteen years working on a history of France, yet met such contradictions in the sources that it was only finished and published by his eldest son after his death.

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