RETZ, Cardinal de. Mémoires du Cardinal de Retz, Contenant Ce Qui s'est Passé de Remarquable En France Pendant les Premières Années du Règne de Louis XIV,
suivi de Mémoires de Guy Joli, conseiller au Chastelet de Paris.
Genève, Chez Fabry & Barillot, 1751.
Two books bound in six volumes 12mo (139x78 mm), xxiii-516 pages / (4)-493 pages / (4)-432 pages / (2)-457 pages / (4)-4-270 pages / (4)-346 pages. Errors of paging on some volumes but all are complete. binding : Contemporary full tan mottled calf, flat spine, title and volume number in gilt on lettering-pieces, marbled edges, marbled endpapers. A little tear with a lack, on margin on page 187 of volume 6. Some tears and rubbings, with on lack of leather on the volume II.
These six volumes, bond uniformly, consists in the "Mémoires" of the Cardinal de Retz (Jean-Francois Paul de Gondi, 1613-1679), who was a statesman and a French memorialist. He is known for his "Mémoires", written between 1675 and 1677 and published only in 1717. He told, with a spiritual and fictional form, his involvement in the Fronde, the darkest period of the young reign of Louis XIV.
This text is followed by the "Mémoires" by Guy Joly, a 17th century French magistrate and memorialist and contemporary of the Cardinal de Retz.