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Author Hunt, Lynn, 1945- author.

Title The book that changed Europe : Picart & Bernard's Religious ceremonies of the world / Lynn Hunt, Margaret C. Jacob, Wijnand Mijnhardt
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xi, 383 pages) : illustrations
Contents A marketplace for religious ideas -- Bernard Picart: religious and artistic journeys -- Why Holland? -- Jean Frederic Bernard: the tumultuous life of a refugee publisher -- A writer's mental universe -- Picart's visual politics -- Familiarizing Judaism -- Cutting Roman Catholicism down to size -- Idolatry: West and East -- Rehabilitating Islam -- Dissent, deism, and atheism
Summary "Two French Protestant refugees in eighteenth-century Amsterdam gave the world an extraordinary work that intrigued and outraged readers across Europe. In this captivating account, Lynn Hunt, Margaret Jacob, and Wijnand Mijnhardt take us to the vibrant Dutch Republic and its flourishing book trade to explore the work that sowed the radical idea that religions could be considered on equal terms. Famed engraver Bernard Picart and author and publisher Jean Frederic Bernard produced The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World, which appeared in the first of seven folio volumes in 1723. They put religion in comparative perspective, offering images and analysis of Jews, Catholics, Muslims, the peoples of the Orient and the Americas, Protestants, deists, freemasons, and assorted sects. Despite condemnation by the Catholic Church, the work was a resounding success. For the next century it was copied or adapted, but without the context of its original radicalism and its debt to clandestine literature, English deists, and the philosophy of Spinoza. Ceremonies and Customs prepared the ground for religious toleration amid seemingly unending religious conflict, and demonstrated the impact of the global on Western consciousness. In this beautifully illustrated book, Hunt, Jacob, and Mijnhardt cast new light on the profound insight found in one book as it shaped the development of a modern, secular understanding of religion."--Cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Picart, Bernard, 1673-1733.
Bernard, Jean-Frédéric, 1683?-1744.
SUBJECT Bernard, Jean-Frédéric, 1683?-1744 fast
Picart, Bernard, 1673-1733 fast
Bernard, Jean Frédéric 1683-1744 gnd
Picart, Bernard 1673-1733 gnd
Picart, Bernard. Cérémonies et Coutumes religieuses de tous les Peuples du Monde. idszbz
Bernard, Jean-Frédéric. idszbz
Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde
Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde fast
Subject Religions -- Early works to 1800
Rites and ceremonies -- Early works to 1800
HISTORY -- Modern -- 18th Century.
Rites and ceremonies
cérémonie -- religion -- image -- rite -- Lumières -- congrès.
Republiek der Verenigde Nederlanden.
Genre/Form Early works
Form Electronic book
Author Jacob, Margaret C., 1943- author.
Mijnhardt, W. W., 1950- author.
LC no. 2009048372
ISBN 9780674056510