All four three concern the bitter theological, and also legal rivalries, that inflamed French intellectuals from the late 17th century, surrounding the ideas of Cornelius Jansen who published his Augustianis in 1640. The rivalry had a great impact in the legal professions, in their fight against the crown, but also it showed up on the stage beginning with the strong Janesim of Racine, and the ridicule of mysticism by Moliere, and in the arch-scroundel Tartuffe, and extending into the 18th century. the three plays 8vo. bound together in contemporary calf, back gilt in compartments; corners worn and some light surface shelf-wear. Very nice condition.
[Bougeant, Guillaume Hyacinthe, S.J.]. Arlequin Janseniste, ou critique de la femme docteur, comedie. "Cracovie" [i.e., Douai]: "Chez Jean le Sincere, Imprimeur Perpetuel", 1732. 8vo,  leaves, 172 pp.,  blank leaf. First edition under this title of an Anti-Jansenist Satire by the French Jesuit historian Guillaume Hyacinthe Bougeant (1690-1743). The play was first published the previous year under the title Critique de la femme docteur. Bougeant's La Femme docteur 1730 (see next entry) , which had an enormous success, dealt with the then current theological quarrels between the Jansenists and the Molinists. In the present Arlequin Janseniste, Bougeant defends his original play against the attacks of the Jansenists and sides with the Molinists. (Inventory #: 0171)