De La SAGESSE TROIS LIVRES [bound with] TRAICTE De SAGESS, Composé par Pierre Charron. Pierre Charron, 1541 - 1603.

De La SAGESSE TROIS LIVRES [bound with] TRAICTE De SAGESS, Composé par Pierre Charron ...

Rouen: Chez Robert Vallentin, 1623. "Derniere edition", 1st edition thus, i.e., by this printer. [32], 1 - 26, 33 - 432, 435 - 802, [16]; [10], 84 pp. P. 26 misnumbered 29; 472 as 495; 688 as 68-; 689 as 680. Separate title leaf for Traicté; divisional title leaf, "Discovrs Chrestien", second p. 61. Printer's device to t.p. Head- tailpieces. Decorative initial capital letters. 8vo: a^8 é^8 A - B^8 [-B8, a cancel] C - 3L^8. Registration & text continuous. Period full vellum binding, yapp edges. Red edgestain. Modest wear & age-toning to binding. Lacks ffep, with hinges starting. 18th C Colonial presentation inscription to front paste-down. Some occasional worming, though not particularly obtrusive. I2 with paper flaw to fore-edge [no text affected]. 2Q3 lacks lower corner [no text affected]. An About VG copy. Item #43869

"Charron was a French 16th-century Catholic theologian and philosopher, and a disciple and contemporary of Michel Montaigne. ... According to Charron, the soul, located in the ventricles of the brain, is affected by the temperament of the individual; the dry temperament produces acute intelligence; the moist, memory; the hot, imagination. Dividing the intelligent soul into these three faculties, he writes the branches of science corresponding with each. On the nature of the soul, he quotes opinions. The belief in its immortality, he says, is the most universal of beliefs, but the most feebly supported by reason. As to a human's power of attaining truth, he declares that none of our faculties enable us to distinguish truth from error. In comparing humans with animals, Charron insists that there are no breaks in nature.

In 1601, Charron published in Bordeaux his third work, De la Sagesse, a system of moral philosophy that develops ideas of Montaigne. Charron also connected Montaigne's scepticism with the anti-rational strand in Christianity. It received the support of Henry IV and of magistrate Pierre Jeannin." [Wiki].

Price: $400.00

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