(LUTHER). [BRUZEAU, Paul, translator]. ~ La Conférence du diable avec Luther contre le saint sacrifice de la messe, avec la réfutation d’un écrit fait par M. Ereïter,… pour défendre cette conférence, et l’examen de IV endroits du livre de M. Claude,… intitulé : “Le Défense de la Réformation”, dont le premier regarde cette conférence. [by Nicolas Pilon]. Paris: Guillaume Desprez and Elie Josset, and sold by Charles Savreux, 1673.
8vo (165 × 100 mm), pp. , 187, , plus folding engraved frontispiece (165 × 110 mm, trimmed at head), small wormtrack from page 151 to end affecting inner margins, usually with slight loss to a few words on each page (sense recoverable). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt panelled spine. Corners and spine extremities worn, joints starting. An unsophisticated copy, but entirely sound, with the frontispiece is a good state of preservation.
First edition of this collection on the purported conference of Luther with the devil on the subject of the mass, opening with a parallel Latin-French text rendering of his own account, taken from Luther’s 1521 Von der Winckelmesse und Pfaffenweihe (in the collected works in German, Wittenberg, 1558 vol. 7, f. 228). It has been attributed both to Bruzeau and the Abbé Cordemoy, and more than one issue appeared (with varying titles ) in 1673.
‘I awoke suddenly at midnight on one occasion, when Satan began to dispute with me in the following terms: “Listen to me,” said the fiend; “enlightened doctor, you have, as you know, celebrated mass privately nearly every day during the last fifteen years. What would you say if every one of these masses should prove to be an act of horrible idolatry? What if the body and blood of Christ had never been present, and you had adored, and had induced other to worship mere bread and wine?”’ (translation from the English edition of Michelet’s Life of Luther).
Cioranescu 16963. OCLC lists a handful of US copies (the Harvard copy lacking the frontispiece).