Histoire des variations des Eglises protestantes
Chez la veuve de Sebastien Marbre-Cramoisy, à Paris 1688, in-4 (19x26cm), (8) 580pp. (40), just vol. 2.
First Edition. Printer’s mark on the title page, with two storks. A beautiful thumbnail title in size in each of the volumes and a captioned caption.
Binding in full brown sheepskin. Back with nerves richly adorned. For sale is just volume II in acceptable condition.
One of the major works of Bossuet, in which the author summarizes the controversies against the Protestant church by a key concept: the variation. Multiple destinies and variations around the same doctrine must show us that the Protestant church can not be the church of Christ and the depositary of faith.
A flying paper between the cover pages contains an explanatory note specific to the original edition; it states that Bossuet and his publisher were aware of the many faults and shells in the printing, they chose to correct them with the pen. Thus, as will be noted, this copy indeed contains several handwritten corrections.