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Les trois imposteurs : manuscript

Title
Les trois imposteurs : manuscript.
Production
France, circa 1720.
Physical Description
1 volume (116 pages) ; 23 x 18 cm
Language
French
Notes
Title from title page.
Binding: 18th-century full calf, treated: six-compartment spine, gilt. Red leather spine tag: Les trois impost.
In French.
Provenance
Ex libris Viollet Le Duc. Purchased from Athena Rare Books on the Margaret Deakers and Eugene Mercereau Waith Fund, 2011.
Access and use
This material is open for research.
Biographical / Historical Note
Jean Maximilien (died 1697) was a French Protestant refugee and philosopher who settled in Holland after the expulsion of the Hugenots from France. Lucas was a friend of Spinoza and wrote the first biography of him, which was not published until after the author's death. The anti-religious text Les trois imposteurs has been attributed to him.
Summary
Manuscript copy, in a single professional italic hand, unidentified, of this attack on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The text is presented as a translation of a Latin work, De tribus imposteribus (The Three Imposters), otherwise unknown and presumed non-existent. The author argues that the founders of all three religions lacked credibility and authority, established their religions from purely political motives, and owed their success to the fear they instilled in their followers. The author proceeds to argue that Nature is the only divine principle that can be seen to operate in the universe.
Format
Archives or Manuscripts
Added to Catalog
November 20, 2017
References
Jean Maximilien Lucas, Les trois imposteurs. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Cite as
Jean Maximilien Lucas, Les trois imposteurs. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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