first edition xii, -319 pp. 1 vols. 12mo
1828 · New York
by Pascal, Blaise
New York: Published by J. Leavitt, Boston: Crocker & Brewster [Vanderpool and Cole, Printers], 1828. First American edition and the first work by Pascal published in America. This translation first published in London in 1816. xii, -319 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Original purple cloth-backed boards, printed paper label with title and publisher's name, uncut. Cloth frayed and discolored, some rubbing of binding, with gift label on pastedown of Library of the Social Union, gift of Daniel A. Hayes (1828 signature present), purchase notation from library on free endpaper by Charles Dealano by purchase from Soc. Mission Soc. June 1846, some spotting and browning, upper margin of free endpaper torn away, else a very good copy. First American edition and the first work by Pascal published in America. This translation first published in London in 1816. xii, -319 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Attacking the Jesuits. Reponding to attacks of the Jesuits on the Jansenists and especially on Antoine Arnauld, Pascal wrote this very effective defence and counter-attack on the code of ethics of the Jesuits. It was very popular and placed on the "Index" in 1660.
Anti-Catholic sentiment in America was strengthened in the 1820's encouraged by the dis-information disseminated by the British anti-Catholics fighting the Catholic Emancipation Act (1829) and the repeal of the Test Act (1828) and aggravated by the increase of Catholic immigrants. The "Nativist" groups, who throughout American history had directed much of their antagonism towards the Roman Catholics established groups like the American "Know-Nothing" Party and the "No-Popery" movement. S & S 34652
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