Paris: Chez Barbou, 1771. Hardcover. Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627 – 1704) was a French bishop and theologian, renowned for his sermons and other French addresses. 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.