Paris: Chez Barbou, 1771. Hardcover. Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627 – 1704) was a French bishop and theologian, renowned for his sermons and other Frenchaddresses. He has been considered by many to be one of the most brilliant orators of all time and a masterly French stylist. Court preacher to Louis XIV of France, Bossuet was a strong advocate of political absolutism and the divine right of kings. He argued that government was divinely ordained and that kings received sovereign power from God. He was also an important courtier and politician. The works best known to English speakers are three great orations delivered at the funerals of Queen Henrietta Maria, widow of Charles I of England (1669), of her daughter Henriette, Duchess of Orléans (1670), and of the outstanding military commander le Grand Condé (1687). His work Discours sur l'histoire universelle (Discourse on Universal History 1681) is regarded by many Catholics as an actualization or new version of the City of God of St. Augustine of Hippo. The first volume covers the subject from the beginning of the world until Charlemagne's Empire. Volume II continues the discourse from the year 800 of our Lord until 1700 [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary mottled brown leather with spine compartments with red spine labels and gilt decorations. Leather is rubbed, and bumped. Volume I has a one inch split to the top of the spine and a dark brown mark to front cover. Volume II has small chips at top of spine. Interior pages clean and bright with occasional spots. Very good condition. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. Volume I:: 510 pages; Volume II:342 pages. FRENCHLANG/031121. Very Good.
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Paris: Pierre Aubouyn, 1694. Hardcover. The traditions and customs of Christians was written by Abbé Fleury, a priest and distinguished preceptor to the Dukes of Burgundy, Anjou, and Berry. This is the latest edition with corrections and additions. Bound in contemporary brown leather with gilt ornaments and red title label to spine. Leather is lightly worn, bumped and rubbed. Interior pages are nice with little evidence of aging. Small phrase written in ink on free front endpaper. Very good condition. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. RELIGION/031221. Very Good.
Paris: Quay des Augustins, chez Emery, Saugrain, Pierre Martin, 1735. Hardcover. This work is by the esteemed priest and ecclesiastical historian Claude Fleury (1640-1723). He is most noted for his twenty volume Histoire Ecclesiastique, which took him thirty years to collect materials and write. He wrote many other books on religious subjects, such as this work on the morals of the Israelites and Christians. Like many of Fleury's works, this title was reprinted several times. Bound in contemporary brown leather with six spine compartments with gilt decoration and red title label. Leather is scraped, worn, and bumped. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. Very good. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. 392 pages. FRENCH/030121. Very Good.
Paris: Ludovic Basche, 1878. Hardcover. An interesting folio volume featuring the biography and art work of three young military painters, De Neuville, Detaille, and Dupray. Each painter has a section of the book devoted to his biography and his art. There is a mounted photograph of each artist, a brief biography and description of his work, three or four full page engraved plates from paintings or drawings, and several copies of the artist's many sketches of his fellow soldiers. Bound in three quarter red leather and black pebbled cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. Covers are frayed, bumped, and chipped but interior pages are very good+. Unpaginated. ART/012521. Very Good.
Paris: Urbain Canel et Ad. Guyot, 1832. Hardcover. Bound in black quarter leather with black and cream marbled covers with ornate spine with gilt titling and decoration. Leather is chipped and torn. Paper covers abraded along edges and on back cover. Front and rear free endpapers missing, damp stains along top of first forty-three pages and light foxing throughout. Good+. 356 pages. Good +.
Paris: Chez F. Muguet, 1671. Hardcover. Quite scarce. In this work - The testimony of Protestants in favor of the Catholic religion by Rossel, deals in part with his own conversion. Theophile Rossel (1615-1683) was the pastor of the Reformed Church of Cognac in 1653 but converted in 1669 to Catholicism. The book is something of an apology for this conversion. The book is dedicated to Cardinal de Buillon. Bound in contemporary leather that is bumped, scraped, and worn. Covers curl and lower front joint is split but holding. Fades gilt titling to spine. Stains to front pastedown and free front endpaper. Title page with stains and and some spotting and staining to first several pages otherwise clean. Includes a table of chapters, in the first and second books (bound together, continuous pagination). Text pages include shoulder notes in French and Latin. Pencil notes about the book on the free front endpaper. Very good. Octavo. 468 pages. REL/022621. Very Good -.