Book ID: 28736 Traité sur la Tolérance. FRANCOIS-MARIE AROUET DE VOLTAIRE.

Voltaire's Defense of Jean Calas and Religious Tolerance

Traité sur la Tolérance.

Place and Imprint: [Rouen: Machuel?], 1764.
Edition: Second edition, according to Bengesco, but this is one of several continental editions without an imprint that were published in 1764, soon after the first edition of 1763. Several catalogue records record the place of publication as Rouen and the printer/publisher as Machuel.
Bibliographical References: Bengesco II, 1693.2.
Condition: Edges rubbed, hinges starting, but sound; a good copy.
Book ID: 28736

Physical Description

8vo, contemporary cat's paw calf, marbled paper endpapers, brown morocco spine label, gilt floral decorations and lettering. 210 pages.


An important and often reprinted work by Voltaire on religious tolerance, first published as Traité sur la tolérance à l'occasion de la mort de Jean Calas. Voltaire writes about the fate of the Calvinist Jean Calas, a prominent merchant of Toulouse, who was executed in 1762 after agitations by fanatic catholics for a crime he had not committed. Voltaire's work contributed to an official rehabilitation, albeit too late for Calas.

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