Title: Histoire des Oracles, 1686
Author: Bernard Le Bovier De Fontenelle
Publisher: A Paris, Chez G. de Luyne
A first edition of Fontenelle’s History of the Oracles, an essay which critiques the divination and skills of the oracles of Ancient Greece, while doubly denouncing miracles and casting doubt on the supernatural in general, mainly critiquing fears that worship of the Greek pantheon was akin to demon worship. In 17th century France, it was one thing to attack and discredit Polytheism or non-Christian faith in general, but it was another thing entirely to attack prejudices against the oracles which would normally strengthen faith in Christianity. For this, Fontenelle was accused of atheism, a heavy crime at the time, and one he may have been forced to deal with had it not been for the timely intervention of Marc-Rene de Voyer de Paulmy, lieutenant general of police.
One finely bound volume in 12mo, (24)+321+(3) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding, and cracking to the joints of the front board, though the cords are holding strong. There is some foxing throughout.