Paris: Chez Nyon, l'aine, Libraire, 1783. Revised and Enlarged Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #2305751
Front free endpaper removed, two owner bookplates on front paste-down, ink number on title page.
cxii, 475 pp. 12mo. French text. Original full tree calf, gilt titles and decorations, burgundy morocco spine label. "Blaise Pascal, the precociously brilliant contemporary of Descartes, was a gifted mathematician and physicist, but it is his unfinished apologia for the Christian religion upon which his reputation now rests. "The Pensees" is a collection of philosophical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal explores the contradictions of human nature in psychological, social, metaphysical and - above all - theological terms. Mankind emerges from Pascal's analysis as a wretched and desolate creature within an impersonal universe, but who can be transformed through faith in God's grace."