8°., XLVI, 209 pp.. Contemporary polished calf, gilded spine with small coat of arms First edition of this work by the French writer, historian, and religious apologist Louis-Antoine Caraccioli (1719-1803). He tries to defend the mysteries of Religion against the ideas of the philosophers of the Enlightenment. Helvetius is named as a particularly bad influence and the concept of deism is rejected in no uncertain terms. In the preface Caraccioli promises: "je tacherai de jetter un ridicule sur la Théologie de nos Déistes, & de les convaincre d absurdité". The book seems to have had some success and was reprinted several times, the first edition from Avignon is apparently rather uncommon.


- Only the endpapers, first and last leaves with shadows (of the glue), else just minor browning, mostly clean. Slightly rubbed, spine a little faded but nice and in a decorative binding from an aristocratic library.