Excerpt from An Introduction to the Study of Bibliography, Vol. 2: To Which Is Prefixed a Memoir on the Public Libraries of the Antients
The first edition of Bayle's Dictionary appeared at Rotterdam, in 1697, in 4 vols. Folio: it is held in some estimation, as being published... under the author's own inspection. The editions of Amsterdam, 1730, in 4 vols. Fol. And of Paris (under the title of Amsterdam) in 17 34, in 5 vols. Folio, 'are not much os teemed; they are greatly inferior to that of 1740, edited by M. Des Maizeauk, who prefixed a life of Bayle to the first vo lume. An octavo edition was commenced some time since, at Leipsic, to be completed in eight vols. Forming 16 parts, and on three different papers, common, fine, and small folio. (de Bure Bibl. Instr. (histoz're, No. Brunet, Manuel, tom. I. P.
There are two English translations of this work, one in five vols. Folio. London, 1734. And another intituled A Go neral Dictionary, Historical and Critical; (including a trans lation of the whole of Bayle's Dictionary,) containing the history of the most illustrious persons of all ages and nations, (by J. P. Bernard, T. Birch, J. Lockman, and Ggsaie) London, 1734 - 41. 10 vols. Folio. Or a work so well known as Bayle's Dictionnaire Historique et Critique, it is not here necessary to say much it is a performance of a singular kind, and resembling no other of a similar title.
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