Amstelaedami: Apud Henricum & Viduam Theodori Boom, 1683.
24mo. Full Leather. First Edition. First Edition of Antonius van Dale’s De Oraculis, his first published work, in which he argues that ancient Roman and Greek oracles were more simply frauds rather than mouthpieces for the devil. His arguments and writings against superstition would help engender push back against witch-hunting and religious persecution, a struggle continued in Continental Europe by Balthasar Bekker and Christian Thomasius. Additional title page, engraved. Elaborate folding plate. Vignette on the title page. Engraved headpieces, tailpieces, and initials. Text in Latin and Greek. Textblock is reasonably bright, with no marks. Minor soiling to the vellum binding, and creasing to the spine. Collates complete; , 510,  pp. Vellum, with small lettering in ink on the spine. All edges blue. (https://web.archive.org/web/20060814003812/http://englishatheist.org/evil/hod18.htm retrieved 10/4/2018).
Very Good binding.