1708 First Edition of “Vindiciae veterum scriptorum, contra J. Harduinum” by Mathurin Veyssière de La Croze – Leather Bound Book

Rare 1708 First Edition of “Vindiciae veterum scriptorum, contra J. Harduinum” by Mathurin Veyssière de La Croze – Leather Bound Book

Rare 1708 Original Edition of “Vindiciae veterum scriptorum, contra J. Harduinum” by Mathurin Veyssière de La Croze (1661 – 1739)  | Published 1708 Rotterdam, Regneri Leers

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  • A very rare 1708 Original Edition of “Vindiciae veterum scriptorum, contra J. Harduinum” by Mathurin Veyssière de La Croze (1661 – 1739)  | Published 1708 Rotterdam, Regneri Leers | On watermarked laid paper | Fully Bound in Leather |  Full latin title: Vindiciae veterum scriptorum, contra J. Harduinum [by M. Veyssière de Lacroze]. Additae sunt viri eruditi [A. Des Vignoles] Observationes chronologicae in Prolusionem & historiam Veteris Testamenti [Roughly Translated: A vindication of former writers, against J. Harduinus [by Veyssière de Lacroze]. In addition, men are [A. Des Vignoles] and preliminary observations in a chronological history of the Old Testament] | Printed on watermarked laid paper | Size: in-8 °.

    Book Details: This antique volume is fully bound in beautiful tooled tan calf leather with marbled paper covers. The original spine has ornate gilt decoration; with gilt lettering, and five raised bands. The binding wear with a small crack to the top front, but still solid and intact. Has a pastedown bookplate affixed to the front “Bibliotheca SS. Redeemer” [Library of the Redeemer] with “Ad. S. M. Aux. Trudonopoli” | On watermarked laid paper.

    Author: Mathurin Veyssière de La Croze , born onDecember 4, 1661in Nantes and died onMay 21, 1739in Berlin , is an orientalist scholar and Prussian librarian of French birth. Huguenot, he worked at the court of Berlin and left the manuscript of Coptic dictionaries four languages, Armenian, Syriac and Slavonic

    Jean Hardouin (born December 23, 1646 in Quimper and died onSeptember 3, 1729 in Paris ) was a Jesuit and French scholar.

    Title: Vindiciae veterum scriptorum, contra J. Harduinum
    Description: Theology
    Author: Mathurin Veyssière de La Croze (1661 – 1739)
    Publisher: Regneri Leers
    City: Rotterdam
    Year: 1708
    Binding Style: Full Leather Hardcover

    Biography of Jean Hardouin:
    He acquired his taste for literature in his father’s bookstore. At less than fourteen years of age (September 25, 1660 ), he was admitted as a novice in the Society of Jesus . He taught positive theology for fifteen years, before becoming in 1683 librarian of the college Louis-le-Grand , the Parisian college of the Company, taking over from Jean Garnier . He held this position until his death.

    His first publications were a numismatic work ( Nummi antiqui populorum and urbium illustrati , Paris, 1684), and an edition of Themistius ‘ speeches ( Themistii Orationes XXXIII , Paris, 1684) which included no less than thirteen unpublished texts. Driven by Jean Garnier , he took charge of editing the Natural History of Pliny for the collection Ad usum Delphini the Duke of Montausier , a task he completed in five years (Paris, 1685 and 1723). He then published in Antirrheticus numismatics of nummis antiquit coloniarum and municipiorum (1689), and aChronologia Veteris Testamenti ad vulgatam versionem exacta and nummis illustrata (1696). He manifests in his works a systematically hypercritical point of view, which provoked a ban on the sale, by the Parliament of Paris , of the last work cited (reprinted in Strasbourg in 1697 ).

    Paradoxical ideas:
    The ecclesiastical authorities commissioned him to supervise the Conciliorum collectio regia maxima (1715, in twelve volumes), but he was accused of having suppressed important documents and of surreptitiously inserting apocryphal documents; also, by order of the Parliament of Paris (then in conflict with the Jesuits), the publication of the work was suspended until 1726 . It is nonetheless a valuable collection, very often cited by scholars.

    It is especially as the first scholar to have supported a whole series of paradoxical theories that he is remembered. The most remarkable, found in his Chronologiae ex nummis anti-qua restitutae (1696) and his Prolegomena ad censuram veterum scriptorum (published in London in 1766 ), is that he wanted to prove that with the exception of the works of Homer , Herodotus and Cicero , Natural History of Pliny, Georgics of Virgil , and Satires and Epistles of HoraceAll the classic writings of ancient Greece and Rome were false, made by monks of the xiii th century , under the direction of a certain Severus Archontius. He denied the authenticity of most works of art, coins, and ancient inscriptions, and ensured that the Greek versions of the Old Testament (the Septuagint ) and the New Testament were late fabrications.

    According to the historian Henri-Irénée Marrou , this hypercritical drift of a scholar of value, is linked to the opposition to the Jansenists , who relied on Augustin of Hippo , which led him to challenge first the authenticity of the texts of the Fathers of the Church . The historian Isaac-Joseph Berruyer saw his story of the people of God condemned for having followed this theory. Hardouin also developed an opposition to his theses within the Society of Jesus , especially on the part of René-Joseph de Tournemine , so that.

    Among others, the historians who followed Hardouin’s outline were Edwin Johnson (1842-1901) and Wilhelm Kammeier (1889-1959).

    This theory has found an heir at the present time in the Russian mathematician Anatoly Timofeevich Fomenko , whose conclusions , based on his own methods for statistical textual analysis and astronomical computations, are even more radical,  but considered as pseudoscientists by historians and astronomers.

  • Date

    18th Century




    Laid Paper