Antique Nineteenth Century French Books: "Memoires de Sully" circa 1814

An important nineteenth century printing, the text is complete in six volumes. It presents the history of Maximilien de Béthune, Duc de Sully (13 December 1560 – 22 December 1641). He was the doughty soldier, French minister, staunch Huguenot and faithful right-hand man who assisted Henry IV of France in the rule of France.

Sully encouraged agriculture, urged the free circulation of produce, promoted stock-raising, forbade the destruction of the forests, drained swamps, and built roads and bridges.He fought in company with Henry IV in Savoy (1600-1601) and negotiated the treaty of peace in 1602. He represented, in 1603, Henry at the court of James I of England; and throughout the reign he helped the king to put down insurrections of the nobles, whether Roman Catholic or Protestant. He also saw to the very important task of arranging the marriage between Henry IV and Marie de Medici. His role ended with the assassination of Henry IV on May 14 1610.

The bindings are made from the beautiful "tree calf" leather (leather that resembles the grain of a tree). The spines are of classic early 19th century design, separated into six compartments. Each compartment is filled, The top by a hand-tooled harlequin and star design, the second by the blue Morocco leather title plate, the third with a central gilt tooled vase and flowers, the fourth by the blue Morocco leather number plate (with classic "shield" design), the fifth by a hand-tooled gilt hexacomb design and the last with a large gilt tooled rosette. Each volume measures: 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" x 1 1/4" thick.

The frontispiece states that "this edition is the most exact and correct of any of the preceding editions". The French text is accented by a full-page portrait of Maximilien de Béthune, duc de Sully. There are two "fold-out" pages of letters (reproduced and printed from Sully's own personal letters) in volume 6.

The volumes are in very good, sound condition. There is very, very light wear to the corners and edges of the cover boards (hardly noticeable). There is slight wear to the navy title plate of volume 6. The gilt tooling remains sharp and brilliant. The bindings have not faded.

This title is rarely found, in this edition, as a complete set. Both the bindings and the text are exceptional.

Item ID: LC69

$1,595 USD

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