Historisch verhaal van de nooit gehoorde Gruweldaad. Gepleegd te Zurich in Zwitsterland, Door het vergiftigen van den wyn des heiligen Avondmaals, in den nacht vóór den algemeenen Dank- Vast- en Bededag. Benevens twee redevoeringen, daaröver gehouden door Johan Caspar Lavater. Bedienaar des Goddelyken Woords te Zurich. Naar de eenige echte Leipziger uitgave uit het Hoogduitsch overgezet, door G.M. Nebe.
Amsteldam, Weduwe P.J. Entrop, 1777. 8vo. 96 pp. Contemporary wrappers. First Dutch edition of Lavater's discourses, although the first discourse 'De booswicht zonder voorbeeld en zyn lotgeval' in a second 'Tweede merkelyk verbeterde druk' edition. - ''On the morning of Thursday, September 12, 1776, as a Zuricher sexton prepared the wine for communion, he noticed that it was covered with a 'white foam that looked like milk.' Others claimed that the wine was 'murky,' 'bluish,' and 'sweet and insipid.' A few of the congregants in attendance took a sip of the foul beverage, but spat it out before swallowing, while others passed on the communion cup. Soon some of the clergymen discretely advised the sexton to replace the wine he had poured with some from a different, uncontaminated keg. [...]. Unproven allegations had come full circle from the earlier claim that the town's anti-French faction had staged the poisoning. [...]. Johann Caspar Lavater, was a renowned Zurich pastor by the late 1770s. In his youth he had been influenced by the early German Enlightenment, which had a greater theological orientation than its French counterpart. By the time of the poisoned chalice, however, he had rejected the rational theology of his youthful studies, which posited a distant deity uninvolved in human affairs. [...] In the end, Lavater preached, all humans were capable of the poisoning; only Christian faith, not human reason, could prohibit the appearance of such evil.'' [Jeffrey Freedman. A Poisoned Chalice. Reviewed by Jeffrey S. Ravel]. - Spine damaged; library ticket on frontcover, stamp on title and D3, else fine
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