Dialogves Dv Combat Des Hommes Contre Levr Propre Salvt, & co[n]tre le deuoir & le besoin qu’ils ont de s’en enquerir par la parole de Dieu. Pierre VIRET.
Dialogves Dv Combat Des Hommes Contre Levr Propre Salvt, & co[n]tre le deuoir & le besoin qu’ils ont de s’en enquerir par la parole de Dieu
Dialogves Dv Combat Des Hommes Contre Levr Propre Salvt, & co[n]tre le deuoir & le besoin qu’ils ont de s’en enquerir par la parole de Dieu
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Dialogves Dv Combat Des Hommes Contre Levr Propre Salvt, & co[n]tre le deuoir & le besoin qu’ils ont de s’en enquerir par la parole de Dieu

[Lausanne], J. Rivery 1561.

8vo. 552p. A woodcut Rivery title device.

Contemporary vellum over soft paper boards, slightly overlapping edges, flat spine with a somewhat later manuscript title, contemporary manuscript title on the bottom edge of the book block, evidence of four ties.

First Edition of all five of these dialogs (the first two appeared in 1551). They affirm the primacy of the Word of God. The interlocutors, Daniel and Timothy, employ the Rabelaisian imagery and word play with which Viret successfully converted entire cities to Protestantism. The first dialog treats the Inquisition and its perversion of Scripture to a bigoted end. In clear response to the ongoing Council of Trent, the next four address the authority and procedures of Church Councils and their failure either to curb individual and institutional abuses or to advance personal spirituality. The larger arguments are broken into short sections of a page or two, each introduced by brief summary, so they might be read aloud to family members in the evening or to small gatherings of congregants before or after worship. No American library holds either the 1551 (Dialogs I-II) or that offered here. In excellent condition, armorial bookplate of V.-É.-D. Duchâtaux (1823-1905), the lawyer, bibliophile and Président of the Académie Nationale de Reims, who focused on French religious controversies of the second half of the 16th century.
¶Barnaud, Pierre Viret 687; Haag, La France protestante ou vies des protestants français X: 520,XXXIII; Chaix-Dufour-Moeckli, Les livres imprimés à Genève de 1550 à 1600 49; GLN-1840; Cioranesco 21973.

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