hardcover. 4 thick folio volumes. , 760; , 902; , 1084; , 1039pp with text printed in double columns. Rubricated titles with engraved vignettes in each. Illustrated with some copper engraved plates and other in-text woodcuts; decorative initials and head/tailpieces throughout. Folio, contemporary calf with ornate gilt-decorated spines (extensive and skillful repairs to joints and spine ends; light occasional foxing and toning to text block). La Haye: Chez P. Husson et al., 1727-31. First Edition. Despite the repairs, a solid, complete and attractive set. very good.
The standard edition of writings by the founder of 18th century rationalism. Not included here is his Dictionnaire historique. "Bayle undermined all the philosophical positions of the great seventeenth-century metaphysicians, and posed basic problems that Berkeley, Hume, Voltaire, and others were to use to establish other approaches and alternatives". -Encylopedia of Philosophy I 261; Brunet I 711; Graesse 314.