Title: Provincial Letters : Moral Teachings of the Jesuit Fathers Opposed to the Church of Rome and Latin Vulgate.
Publisher:  William Briggs / C.W. Coates / S.F. Huestis, Toronto / Montreal / Halifax , 1891,
Seller ID: 95999
PASCAL, Blaise. The Provincial Letters : Moral Teachings of the Jesuit Fathers Opposed to the Church of Rome and Latin Vulgate. Toronto : William Briggs / Montreal : C.W. Coates / Halifax : S.F. Huestis, n.d. [ca 1891]. Canadian Edition. Pp (2),[i]-vii,(1),-400,(2). 8vo, maroon cloth, bevelled edges, gilt lettering to front board and spine. “Beginning in 1656, Pascal published his memorable attack on casuistry, a popular ethical method used byCatholic thinkers in the early modern period (especially the Jesuits, and in particular Antonio Escobar). Pascal denounced casuistry as the mere use of complex reasoning to justify moral laxity and all sorts of sins. His method of framing his arguments was clever: the Provincial Letters pretended to be the report of a Parisian to a friend in the provinces on the moral andtheological issues then exciting the intellectual and religious circles in the capital. Pascal, combining the fervor of a convert with the wit and po lish of a man of the world, reached a new level of style in French prose. The 18-letter series was published between 1656 and 1657 under the pseudonymLouis de Montalte and incensed Louis XIV. The king ordered that the book b e shredded and burnt in 1660.” (from wikipedia). Cocked, spine sunned and spine ends chipped, covers rubbed and edgeworn, inner hinges cracked, pennedname (dated 1891), else good. 30.00