DICTIONARIES - REFERENCE WORKS -- BAYLE, P. Dictionaire historique et critique. 5e éd., rev., corr., et augm. avec la vie de l'auteur p. Mr. des Maizeaux. Amst., (etc.), 1740. 4 vols. (16), cxx, 719; (4), 915; (4), 831; (4), 804 pp. W. 4 engr. ti-vign. Fol. Cont. mottled cf. w. raised bands, richly dec. gilt backs, & red labels. (Extremities dam./worn, spine vol. 1 partly dam./gone, sides a bit stained, but in good interior condition).Fifth edition of Bayle's dictionary, which corrected and criticized the former attempts in the field. It was a milestone in the Western Enlightenment movement, and was unsurpassed until Diderot's great Encyclopedie [1751-65], which owns a great deal to Bayle. - Graesse I, 314; Cf. PMM 300.