[BAKER, Thomas]. ~ Traité de l’Incertitude des Sciences. Traduit de l’anglois [translated by Nicolas Berger]. Paris: Pierre Miquelin and Jacques Piget, 1714.
8vo (166 × 85 mm.), pp. [xxiv], 347, . Title with metalcut ornament, other woodcut ornaments. Contemporary polished calf, gilt panelled spine, tan morocco label. Spine slightly rubbed with slight chip at head, minor wear to corners. A very good copy.
First edition in French of Baker’s Reflections upon Learning (1699), a work designed to display the inadequacies of human knowledge and reason and to emphasise the ultimate need for belief in revelation. It proved controversial (provoking an angry response from geologist and physician John Woodward) and was widely reprinted. Bacon and Descartes are closely considered.