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The Truth of the Christian Religion
in Six Books

to which is added a Seventh Book...

by Hugo Grotius

1729 - London - Knapton
6.5" by 4"; [xx]334pp.



 












 

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The cornerstone work of the Dutch progidy.

Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) was a prodigious Dutch lawyer. He entered University at Leyden at 12; and was appointed Historian of the States General at 18, and Advocate Fiscal at 24. He travelled to England in a diplomatic capacity in 1613, before becoming Pensionary of Rotterdam.

His Arminian theology and attempts to facilitate peace between theologically-opposed factions earned him a life sentence in 1618; although he escaped to Paris in 1621. He attempted to return to Holland in 1631, but was banished and settled in Sweden. In 1635 he returned to Paris in an ambassadorial capacity for the Kingdom of Sweden. He was killed in a shipwreck on a voyage home in 1645.

The Truth of the Christian Religion is Grotius's major work; written as a guide for missionaries.  The book sets out to show the viability of natural theology, and to assert the supremacy of the Christian faith over other religions.  This edition is 'corrected and illustrated with notes' by a M. LeClerc, and includes a 'seventh book by said M. LeClerc' concerning 'what Christian church we ought to join our selves to,' and is translated into English by John Clarke D.D.

CONDITION

Externally rebound in handsome calf with contrasting label.  Very light shelfwear. 

Internally, very firmly bound with new endpapers.  Bookplate of Professor David Arthur Pailin to front pastedown.  Edges of leaves coloured brown, slightly browned and foxed throughout but generally bright and clean.  Overall:  VERY GOOD. 


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