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Abraham: La porte ouverte. 1670
Abraham: La porte ouverte. 1670
Abraham: La porte ouverte. 1670
Abraham: La porte ouverte. 1670
Abraham: La porte ouverte. 1670

Roger, Abraham

La porte ouverte, pour parvenir à la connoissance du paganisme caché.

Jean Schipper, Amsterdam, 1670

CHF 620.–

First edition in French detailing superstition and the cult of witchcraft in India. Translated into English by Thomas La Grue from the Dutch.

Description: Contemprary calf, gilt titles to spine and decoration in compartments between five raised bands. Octavo: 24 × 18 cm; pp. [7] ll., 375. With an engraved frontispiece plate and seven engravings, (five of which are full-page), and one fold-out plate.

Ref.: Graesse: xi, 147

Provenance: Handwritten bookplate of Stanislaj de Guaita and a small bookseller’s label of the Librairie Sainte-Marie, Moissac, on the front pastedown.

Condition: Binding scuffed and bumped, front joint starting but firm, capitals with losses. The rear flyleaf removed. Textblock a little shaken, somewhat toned, stained and waterstained throughout. Quire H (pp. 57–66) is missing. Chip to pp. 67 not affecting text, paper repair due to loss of paper in outer margin on pages 357–373, not affecting text. A burned hole with minor text loss in quire Vu. Annotations in a early hand on page 163.

Despite the faults described, a good and serviceable copy.

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