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.
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.
This book is very richly documented and illustrated. It deals with the Holy Land. It includes the history of the holy city and its remarkable places and monuments; as well as the cities of Bethlehem, Beeroth, Nazareth, Damascus, Palmyra, etc., ...
A second volume on Syria and Lebanon was published in 1884.
Victor Guérin (1821-1890) was a well-known French academic, archaeologist and geographer, who led some scientific missions in Africa and the East.
The binding of this copy is in very good condition. The polychrome ornamentations and gilding are well preserved. The illustrations and plates are in fine quality, with a will of realism and a little of picturesque style.
This book is a call to the rebellion of the Protestants against Louis XV (called "Zéokinizul"), in the form of a fictional translation of an Arabic text (of a so-called "Bekrinoll", understand Colbert, also said "Bertkol "), and falsely attributed to Crebillon son.
This book deals with the criticsm of the absolute monarchy in France.
The Catholics denounced this subversive book, well received in moderate circles.
The key of the understanding, is at the end of the book. It allows to understand the slang key that is used in it, namely the "verlan".
This book was written by Fléchier (1632-1710) for the instruction of the Dauphin of France.
This biography is about Theodosius the Great (Roman Emperor, born in 347 and died in 395. He is the last emperor to reign over the unified Roman Empire).
Fine copy bound in by Duplanil Fils, with delicassy.
The author, Jean Baptiste Margat de Tilly (a Jesuit missionary) wrote this historical book based on ancient chronicles written by Arab authors.
It deals withTamerlane who was a Turkish-Mongolian warrior and a conqueror of much of Central and Western Asia durind the 14th century. He was the founder of the Timurid dynasty that existed until 1507.
This work was published by Pierre Brumoy, another Jesuit, and was banned because of a so called sharp and hidden portrait of the Regent of France in Volume II (from page 90).
The author escaped censorship and prison because he was in Santo Domingo.This was not the case of the editor Pierre Brumoy, who was forced to flee Paris and take refuge in Arras.
This book is a sharp response to Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), following the publication in 1762 of his treatise on education, on "l'art de former les hommes" entitled "Émile ou De l'éducation".
The author is totally against Rousseau's thesis on natural religion, and on the contrary, he supports Pascal's theory of the concepts of profig and miracle.
In parallel with theories properly pedagogical, "Emile" includes the famous profession of faith of the Savoyard Vicar (book IV), which provides valuable information on the religious ideas of Rousseau. it wanted to be a model to introduce young people to religious questions.
André is categorically opposed to these religious ideas developed by Rousseau in this precise extract, which he considers to be devoid of common sense and reason.
Very fine copy bound in full calf with the arms of Mr. Rigaud de Vaudreuil.
[MONTESQUIEU, Charles-Louis de Secondat]. De l'Esprit des Loix ou du Rapport que les loix doivent avoir avec la Constitution de chaque gouvernement, les moeurs, le climat, la religion, le commerce, &c. à quoi l'auteur a ajouté des Recherches nouvelles sur les Loix Romaines touchant les Successions, sur les Loix Françoises, & sur les Loix féodales.
The publication of "De l'Esprit des Loix" was much appreciated by some contemporaries of the philosopher, but it also provoked a great uprising of critics that led to the setting of the book in the Index, in 1751, by the Censorship.
LADVOCAT, Abbé [Jean Baptiste]. Dictionnaire historique-portatif contenant l'Histoire des Patriarches, des Princes Hébreux, des Empereuers, des Rois et des Grands Capitaines ; des Dieux et des Héros de l'Antiquité Payenne ; des Papes, des Saints Pères, des Evêques et des Cardinaux célèbres ; des Historiens, Poëtes, Orateurs, Théologiens, Jurisconsultes, Médecins, etc.
This "small portable historical dictionary" was written by the Abbot Jean-Baptiste Ladvocat (1709 - 1765), He was a man of letters, specialized in Hebrew and lexicographer famous for his geographical portable and historical dictionaries, etc ... ancestors of our small abbreviated dictionaries. Doctor and Professor at La Sorbonne, he studied Latin, Philosophy, Theology and was recognized for his research.
This work was useful for knowledges on Ancient and Modern History and the writings and actions of great illustrious men of the time.
This book is a satire of the political and gallant intrigues of the court of Louis XIV, in the form of false "Mémoires" (Persia becomes France and all the protagonists are named with oriental names). The key to the understanding is given at the end of the text.
In reality, this satirical book deals with the History of France and Europe from the death of Louis XIV to the reign of Louis XV.
It is also the first book, in which the story of the famous "Iron Mask" is mentionned.
Following the publication, the author was jailed in La Bastille.
This book is a collection of legal treaties which concern the Law, the marriage and the possibility of its dissolution for principal cause of impotence.
It was written by Jean Bouhier de Savigny (1673-1746), who was a jurisconsult and French magistrate, also historian, translator, bibliophile and renowned scholar.
Very sharp and witty political satire imitated from the "Satyre Ménippée" of 1594, and against the Ministry, established after May 16th, 1877 (Drujon).
This satirical book is a sharp criticism and a mockery against the monarchist party and the clergy of France at the end of the nineteenth century.
Fine half morocco binding, signed Engel.
SENART, Gabriel-Jérôme || DUMESNIL, Alexis. Révélations puisées dans les cartons des comités de Salut Public et de Sûreté Générale; ou Mémoires (inédits) de Sénart, agent du Gouvernement Révolutionnaire publiés par Alexis Dumesnil.
First edition illustrated by Granville.
Louis Reybaud (1799-1879) is a French economist, journalist, writter and a politician.
This book is a satirical and social novel that has been very successful since its publication.
It is considered as the masterpiece of the author.
He draws a portrait of the French society during the July Monarchy. In fact, he ridicules romantic writers, criticizes colonization, the press, the army, politicians, "la petite bourgeoisie", etc...
A letter by the author, adressed to Mr. de St Albin, is associated to our copy.
New edition, printed with two columns of texts.
Two volumes deal with the French Revolution, one volume deals with the history of the "Consulat", and the fourth last volumes are about the history of the french Empire, with Napoleon.
250 copies on velum paper were published.
Our copy is the n°160.
This book deals with the life of Madame du Barry (1743-1793), who was the most known but also the most hated lover of the king Louis XV.
This book deals with the history of the signs of Paris.
The author studied the origins of this very specific and pratical object since Antiquity, and then their functions, their forms and their different decorations. We can learn about the variety of signs and the different codes used according to the type of shops (barbers, hostels, doctors, etc., ...).
This typology of the signs is very well documented and completed with the advent of the posters and the collection of the signs of the Carnavalet museum (Paris), whose rooms are open to visit today.
This book is a collection of letters between two major historical figures of the sixteenth century, which are Fernando Cortes and the Emperor Charles V. It deals with is the discovery and the conquest of Mexico.
Fernando Cortés (1485-1547) was a Spanish conquistador who seized the Aztec Empire on behalf of the emperor Charles V.
This conquest is the founding act of New Spain and marked a fundamental step in the Spanish colonization of the Americas in the sixteenth century.
[CONDORCET, Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de]. Essai sur la Constitution et les Fonctions des Assemblees Provinciales, Ou l'on trouve un Plan pour la Constitution & l'Administration de la France.
Sur la nécessité de faire ratifier la Constitution par les Citoyens, et sur la formation des communautés de Campagne. .
Two important works from Condorcet.
1- "Essai sur la Constitution" : Scarce fist edition of the Condorcet's "most important political work" (Badinter Condorcet).
It is one of the fundamental texts in French political history and "the most important book of Constitutional Law that was published at that time and even since" (Allengry, Condorcet guide de la Révolution Française).
In this work, Condorcet is one of the first authors to claim the right to vote for women.
2. "Sur la nécessité de faire ratifier la Constitution par les citoyens", is less known but important, since Condorcet studies the question of whether, and under what conditions, a nation may confer upon an assembly the power to give it a constitution or to accept it on its behalf.