Lot n° 40
500 - 600
[Descartes]] - Baillet, Adrien]. - La vie... - Lot 40 - Crait + Müller
[Descartes]] - Baillet, Adrien]. - La vie de monsieur Descartes. Paris, Daniel Hortemels, 1691. 2 vols. in-4, bound in full brown calf, spines decorated - Corners pierced, spines split - , LXII, 417 ; , 602 pp. folding portrait engraved by Edelinck after Franz Hals, bandeau engraved by B[ernard] P[icard], 2 pll. h-t. First edition of Adrien Baillet's great biography of Descartes, which remains to this day one of the most comprehensive references on the philosopher's life. In addition to using the few sources already published, Baillet conducted a survey of the few surviving contemporaries, so that his work can be considered a primary source.
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