Lot 1426: Francois De La Rochefoucauld MEMOIRES DE M D L R 1663 Antique French History 17th Century Louis XIII Guyenne Cardinal Mazarin Leather Binding
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Memoires de M. D. L. R. Sur les Brigues a la mort de Louys XIII. Les Guerres de Paris & de Guyenne, & la Prison des Princes. Lettre du Cardinal a Monsieur de Brienne. Articles dont sont convenus Son Altesse Royale & Monsieur le Prince pour l'expulsion de Cardinal Mazarin. Apologie pour Monsieur de Beaufort. Memoires de Monsieur de la Chastre.
Author: Francois de la Rochefoucauld - François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. The view of human conduct his writings describe has been summed up by the words "everything is reducible to the motive of self-interest", though the term "gently cynical" has also been applied. Born in Paris in the Rue des Petits Champs, at a time when the royal court was oscillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman. Until 1650, he bore the title of Prince de Marcillac.
Publisher: Chez Pierre Van Dyck
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 400 pages
Width: 3.25" Height: 5.25"
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in full leather, with gilt ruling to the covers, faded gilt lettering and decoration to the spine, and five raised bands. The volume displays external wear, with rubbing and minor insect damage. The front hinge shows minor damage at the head and foot, but the binding is sound. The text block is adorned with gilt edges. The volume is ornamented with marbled endpapers. The rear endpaper shows a small chip in the fore edge. A long pencil inscription in French is present on the blank preliminary page, appearing to provide details about this particular edition (see the corresponding images). The interior of this volume displays very occasional spots, but is otherwise clean and bright, ornamented with a headpiece and illustrated initial.
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