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Adrien Baillet

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Adrien Baillet, posthumous account (1709-1726)

Adrien Baillet (born 13 June 1649 in La Neuville-en-Hez, France; † 21 January 1706 in Paris) was a French theologian, historian and librarian.

Life

After attending the village school, his parents could not finance his higher education. After the bishop of Bauvais became aware of him, he enabled him to study theology. Afterwards, Baillet first worked as a teacher in Beauvais and was then ordained a priest in 1676. In 1680, he moved to Paris, where he worked as a librarian for François-Chrétien de Lamoignon, the attorney general of the Parlement, where he compiled a 35-volume catalogue raisonné.

Baillet is considered the first biographer of René Descartes. He was buried in the church of St-Paul-des-Champs in Paris.

Publications (selection)

  • Histoire de Hollande depuis la trève de ióop Jusqu’d 1690 (4 vols. 1693), a continuation of Grotius.
  • Les Vies des saints (4 vols. 1701).
  • Des Satires personelles, traité historique et critique de celles qui portent le litre d’Anti (2 vols. 1689).
  • La vie de monsieur Descartes (2 vols. 1691; single-volume new edition: La vie de monsieur Descartes, Paris: Éditions des Malassis, 2012).
  • La vie de mr. Des-Cartes. Réduite en abregé (1692; new edition: Vie de Monsieur Descartes, Paris, La Table Ronde, 1992).
  • Auteurs déguisés sous des noms étrangers, empruntes, &c. (1690).
  • Jugemens des savans sur les principaux ouvrages des auteurs (9 vols., 1685-1686).

Literature

  • Hugh Chisholm (ed.): Baillet, Adrien, in: Encyclopædia Britannica, vol. 3 (11th ed. 1911). Cambridge University Press, p. 219.

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