A Sophisticated Defence of Gallicanism [Dupin (Du Pin), Louis Ellies (1657-1719)]. Traite de la Puissance Ecclesiastique et Temporelle. N.p. (i.e. Paris): S.n., 1707. [xvi], viii, 779 pp. Octavo (7-3/4" x 5"). Contemporary speckled calf, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, edges rouged. Some rubbing to extremities with wear to corners and foot of spine, front joint starting at head, early bookplate to front pastedown, clean tear to rear leaf mended with archival tape. Light toning to text, heavier in places, title page creased. Early annotations to endleaves, early owner signature to head of leaf following title page, interior otherwise clean. $200. * First edition. A commentary on the four propositions of the "Declaration of the Clergy of France of 1682," the landmark document fashioned by the great French cleric Jacques Benigne Bossuet (1627-1704), which gave definitive form to the principles of Gallicanism elaborated earlier by Gerson and Richer--that the church and king of France have rights of their own, independent of Rome. Bossuet's declaration shaped church-state relations in France for the next two centuries, asserting not only the autonomy of the Church of France vis-a-vis Rome, but also a sphere of autonomy and supremacy for secular authority in France. Dupin defends each of the four propositions of the Declaration. Cautioning that one must above all practice moderation, he proceeds "with all due respect to the pontiff, to contest the maxims of the ultramontanes." There were later editions in 1724 and 1788. Camus, Bibliotheque Choisie des Livres de Droit 2724.
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