The "Commentaires de Messire Blaise de Montluc" are the memoirs of Blaise de Lasseran de Massencome, lord of Monluc said Blaise de Monluc (1500/1502 - 1577). He was marshal of France and served five kings of France (Francis I, Henry II, Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III). This book deals with his career as chief of the Catholic armies for southwestern France, from the beginning of his military career in the Italian countryside to the Wars of Religion. These memoirs thus cover a vast period, from the year 1521 until 1576.
COURTILZ DE SANDRAS, Gatien de. Mémoires de Mr. L.C.D.R. [comte de Rochefort] contenant ce qui sest passé de plus particulier sous le ministère du Cardinal de Richelieu, et du Cardinal Mazarin. Avec plusieurs particularités remarquables du règne de Louis le Grand.
New revised and corrected edition.
In this book of history, each biography of a king is accompanied by a text, a portrait and a moral. It was intended for the Dauphin of France, son of Louis XIV, and commanded by the Duchess of Montausier to complete his education.
BOSSUET, Jacques Benigne. Discours sur l'Histoire Universelle à Monseigneur le Dauphin : pour expliquer la suite de la Religion & les changemens des Empires. Première Partie. Depuis le commencement du monde jusqu'à l'empire de Charlemagne.
Dutch copy of the first edition.
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, more commonly known as Bossuet (1627-1704) was a man of the Church, Bishop of Meaux, French preacher and writer.
He is also known and acknowledged to have been the tutor of the Dauphin Louis of France (between 1670 and 1680), the son of King Louis XIV and Marie-Thérèse, for whom this book was intended.
In 1681, he wrote his "Discours sur l'Histoire Universelle" in which, after having exposed his vision of the history of the world (from the Creation to the triumph of the Catholic Church through the fall of the ancient empires), he seek the reason in God's plans for his Church. He mixes Providence and references to sources (both the Bible and the doctors of the Church and the Greco-Latin authors, like Herodotus).
[COURTILZ DE SANDRAS, Gatien de]. Testament Politique de Messire Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Ministre et Secrétaire d'Etat. Ou l'on voit tout ce qui s'est passé sous le Règne de Louis le Grand, jusqu'en l'année 1684. Avec des Remarques sur le Gouvernement du Royaume.
New Edition. (First edition published in 1693)
A pamphleteer book that criticizes the policy of Louis XIV, written by Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras (1644-1712) who after joining the company of Musketeers, became a writer. Very often imprudent and incisive with his words, he was embastished twice (1693 and 1699).
HÉRODIEN || ZOSIME. ΗΡΩΔΙΑΝΟΥ ΙΣΤΩΡΙΑΝΟΥ ΒΙΒΛΙΑ . Η. Herodiani Histor. Lib. VIII. Cum Angeli Politiani Interpretatione, & huius partim Suplemento, partim Examine Henrici Stephani: utroque Margini adscripto. Eiusdem Henrici Stephani Emendationes quorundam Græci contextus Locorum, & quorundam Expositiones.
HISTORIARUM HEROdianicas subsequentium Libri duo, nunc primùm Græcè editi.
The first book is the first critical edition of Herodian (170-around 250 AD), who was one of the great historians of Roman antiquity and one of the important historical sources for the period between the reigns of the emperors Gordian and Marcus Aurelius. Henri Estienne reworked the Latin and Greek translations, adding comments and additional notes.
The second book is the first edition of the first two books of the "Historia Nova" by Zosimus (Greek historian who lived at the end of the fifth century and the beginning of the sixth century). This book is an important historical source dedicated to the last centuries of the Western Roman Empire, which must be read and studied with some hindsight because Zosimus was known to be an anti-Christian fanatic pagan.
Latin and Greek text on two columns, opposite.
Very good typographic realizations by Henri Estienne.
DAIN, Charles || CONSIDERANT, Victor || D'IZALGUIER, Eugène. Trois discours prononcés à l'Hôtel-de-Ville, par MM. Dain, Considerant et d'Izalguier faisant complément à la publication du Congrès historique.
This book contains three speeches based on the ideas of Charles Fourier and his theory of the Utopian Socialism.
- "Quel est le but de l'Histoire", delivered at the "congrès historique", on the 15th november 1835, by Charles Dain (1812-1871, lawyer in Paris, close to the ideas of Victor Considerant, and who campaigned for the abolition of slavery).
- "Déterminer par l'Histoire si les diversités physiologiques des peuples sont entre elles comme les diversités des systèmes sociaux auxquels ces peuples appartiennent", delivered at the "congrès historique", on the 11 december 1835 by Victor Considerant (1808-1893, philosopher and economist polytechnician).
- "Loi de corrélation de la forme sociale et de la forme esthétique", delivered by Eugène D'Izalguier.
CLARETIE, Jules. Histoire de la Révolution de 1870-71.
Chute de l'Empire - La guerre - Le gouvernement de la défense nationale - La paix - Le siège de Paris - La Commune de Paris - Le gouvernement de M. Thiers.
Jules Clarétie (1840-1913) is a novelist, French dramatist, also a dramatic critic, historian and chronicler of Parisian life.
As a very prolific author, he wrote several books to the French History, including this History of the Revolution of 1870-71.
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".
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.