1762 · Paris
First edition: a controversial selection of excerpts from Jesuit writings on topics such as simony, blasphemy, astrology, idolatry (Chinese and Malabar), perjury, homicide, suicide, regicide, etc., intended to => prove the evil influence of the Society of Jesus — and coming at a critical moment, just prior to the French suppression of the order. Roussel was allegedly assisted by the Abbés Louis-Guillaume Minard and Claude-Pierre Goujet in compiling the text, which is printed in parallel columns of Latin and French, with shouldernotes and bibliographical references. Simon published a 12mo edition in the same year, and the work was subsequently reprinted several times, with its dissemination prompting numerous responses including Préjugés légitimes contre le livre intitulé Extraits des Assertions.
Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, II, 404; DeBacker-Sommervogel, XI, 164 (see numbers 1214–49). Contemporary mottled calf, covers framed in double gilt fillets, spine gilt extra, with gilt-stamped leather title-label; leather acid-pitted, front joint cracked and back joint starting, spine leather cracked and chipping, edges and extremities rubbed. Original silk bookmark intact and attached. Front free endpaper with pencilled bibliographic notes. Pages slightly age-toned; mild to moderate waterstaining to some margins. Pp. 529–36 bound in between p. 520 and p. 521. => Internally solid, very readable, and quite incendiary. (Inventory #: 40666)