An interesting three volume set,; the text presents interesting "tidbits" about princes,princesses, ducs, duchesses, kings and queens. Included also are airs with text and music ('Le comte Orry, Les Nonnes de Farmoutier, Ancienne Romance Picarde' / 'Le convoi du Duc de Guise, Romance, or Chanson des rues"). The French text was published in Brussels (Bruxelles) in 1781.
Text published outside of France was often controversial and frowned upon by the king. The author, Pierre Antoine de la Place (1707-1793) was the first translator of "Shakespeare" into the French language after Voltaire. He was known as a pleasant man, full of fear and in writing his own epitaph he said, "Without fortune, in spite of fate, He enjoyed until his death". The text includes music at the end of volume three.
The bindings are of full calf leather. They have blind embossed filet frames on the front and back boards. The spines each have single lines dividing them into five compartments. The title and number are in one compartment, the bottom compartment contains a "chiffre" or initial in tooled gilt of "LZ" intertwined. The endpapers are marbled, the page edges plain. Each book measures: 6 1/4" x 3 7/8".
The set is in excellent condition for it's age of 231 years. The bindings have little wear. the gilt tooling is still visible.
Once part of an eighteenth century bibliotheque and with an interesting text, this little set is perfect for small French libraries or for use on a desk top. It is a precious survivor of history.
Item ID: LC100
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