BOUHÉREAU, Élie. Traité D’Origéne Contre Celse. Ou défence de la Religion Chrétienne contre les accusations des Païens. Traduit du grec par Elie Bouchéreau. Engraved frontispiece. A Amsterdam, chez Henry Desbordes, marchand libraire, dans le Kalver-straat, 1700. Quarto. pp. [xxx], 480; wanting final two leaves containing the errata and index to the notes (see Burnet), but with the preface present. Titlepage printed in red and black. Contemporary full calf. Spine divided into six panels by five raised bands, title in gilt on red morocco label in the second, the remainder tooled in gilt to a centre-and-corner design. Light wear to extremities. A very good copy.
COPAC locating 9 copies only. WorldCat 2.
First edition in French, and the only substantial published work by Élie Bouhéreau, the first librarian of Marsh’s Library in Dublin. Bouhéreau (1642?-1719) was a learned Huguenot physician who fled to England in 1685 on the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. He was, according to the burial register of the Conformist Huguenot churches in Dublin, a “distinguished medical doctor and zealous Protestant of La Rochelle, very knowledgeable and very highly regarded.” With the accession of William III he was appointed secretary first to Thomas Cox, envoy to the Swiss Cantons, and personal secretary to the Marquis de Ruvigny, commander-in-chief of English forces in Piedmont. He served in Ireland with Ruvigny, Earl of Galway, when the latter was Lord Justice of Ireland, 1697-1701. While he was in Dublin, the learned refugee came to the notice of Narcissus Marsh, the protestant primate, who was then campaigning for the establishment of a public library in Dublin: Marsh persuaded Bouhéreau to give his own library (valued at £500-600) on condition that he be appointed stipendiary library keeper. The library was established by Royal Warrant in 1701 and by Act of Parliament in 1707; Bouhéreau occupied the post until his death in May 1719, latterly with the assistance of his son John. From the time of his first journey in 1689 to his death he kept a diary, which is kept in the Library.