This quaint, but forcible and edifying book, was partly translated, partly, as the translator acknowledges, "disposed, abridged, or enlarged," from a treatise by .Father Stephen Binet, a French Jesuit, which is entitled " De l'estat heureux et malheureux des ames souffrantes du Purgatoire, et des moyens souverains pour n'y aller pas, ou y demeurer fort peu; ou sont traictdes toutes les plus belles questions du Purgatoire." Paris, 1625, in 12. Douay, 1627, in 24.
Father Binet was bom at Dijon in 1569, entered the Society in 1590, and, having been successively Rector of its principal houses in France, died at Paris, 1639. This treatise is numbered 20, out of 36 ascetical works composed by him, and given in De Backer's Bibliothlgue des Ecrivains de la Compagnie de Jesus. Their titles make one wish that some competent pen may be found, to reproduce them for us in our own tongue.