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Malebranche – De inquirenda veritate libri sex, 1685

4to, [i], [i], [xiv], 12, [x], 511, [8], 143 pp., elaborately blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, a little dusty and marked, two clasps in good order, all edges red, front free endpaper with some holes and early inscription 'Prohibitus Decr. 4 Mart. 1709', scattered foxing, some sections browned, a good copy with wide margins in an attractive contemporary binding.

First Latin edition of Malbranche’s main work, De la recherche de la vérité, rare. A second edition was published in 1691 in greater numbers. The translator was Jacques Lenfant and his aim was to make the Recherche available in the lingue franca of learned Europe. For a detailed study of the importance of this edition in the development of Cartesianism, see Elena Muceni, ‘Malebranche à Genève: le De Inquirenda Veritate et sa Préface’, Astérion, 2015.

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