Rare Antique Eighteenth Century French Books: "Histoire du Regne de Louis XIV" circa 1718
Written only a three years after his death, this important work traces the life of Louis XIV "the sun king" from birth in 1638 to death in 1715. Text includes discussion of the revolution in England, war in Holland, the revolution in Spain, and the "affair of the Protestants in France".
The 44 historically important FULL PAGE ARMORIAL engraved portraits (each portrait is engraved with the person's coat of arms beneath the portrait) include historically significant people who played a part in the life history of Louis XIV . The engravings include: Jacques II - King of England, George I - King of England, Christine - Queen of Sweden, the Duc of Marlborough, the Duc of Luxembourg, Madame Maintenon, Louis Dauphin, Le Cardinal de Retz, the Duc de Longueville, Duc de Maine, Charles Duc de Berri, William III (king of England), the Duchesse de Fontange, Duchesse de la Valiere, the Marquis de Louvois, and Fouquet. There is a frontispiece portrait of Louis XIV.
The French text of twelve "books", (the text was meant to be bound in twelve separate volumes) has been bound in bound in six volumes. The title page of each volume in lettered in red ink, there are vignette engravings and decorated capitals throughout the text.
The eighteenth century bindings are unusual, with wide,green Morocco leather spines and brown calf leather cover boards. The cover boards have a double filet blind embossed frame. There are four wide, raised bands along each spine, forming compartments which are filled three central fleurons, the gilt tooled title and the gilt tooled volume numbers. Each volume measures: 6 3/4" tall 4" wide and 2" thick.
The bindings remain in amazing condition for their age, just shy of 200 years old. There is light wear to some corners, some light wear to the cover boards and occasional foxing or browning throughout text.
This early edition with an abundance of historical information as well as engraved royal and noble portraits is exceptional.
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