Le dessein de l’histoire de Reims, avec diverses curieuses remarques touchant l’establissement des peuples, & la fondation des villes de France.

Reims, chez Nicholas Constant, 1635

4to, pp. [16], 18, [2], 468, with a fine engraved portrait of the author and 5 engraved plates (one folding) by and after Moreau, and engraved vignette on title-page; a very good copy in contemporary calf, richly gilt spine with red label, corners a little bumped. Armorial bookplate of the high ranking French royal administrator and collector, Nicolas Joseph Foucault (1643-1721) on inside front cover; 19th century armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield.

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First edition of the earliest printed history of Reims, published posthomously after the author’s death by his son, Jean Bergier. The antiquary Nicolas Bergier (1567-1623) is best known by his great work on the Roman roads in Europe, Histoire des grands chemins de l’empire Romain, published in 1622. His friend Pereisc gave him access to many unpublished documents. Bergier’s other project, unfinished at the time of his death, was a comprehensive history and description of his native Reims. The work was supposed to be covered in sixteen book of which only the present two (Reims in Roman times) were ever published. A detailed outline of the proposed fourteen other books is given in the preliminary leaves.

The plates apart from the fine portrait of the author, show a folding view of Reims and several views of two Roman arches still standing.

Cicognara 3953 (‘’l’opera è estesa con infinita critica, e buon tatto’).

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