8vo, pp. , vi, ,232, , printed slip correcting imprint tipped in to title; text printed in civilité, small woodcut vignette to title; quire I loose, tear to B2 (touching a few characters without loss), some light dusting; a very good copy in a contemporary binding of vellum manuscript waste over boards, early nineteenth-century printed waste as endpapers; a little worn, spine chipped at head.
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Les règles de la bienséance et de la civilité chrétienne, divisées en deux parties.
Rare edition of La Salle’s pedagogical work, printed in civilité type and bound in printed and manuscript waste. The Règles of St Jean-Baptiste La Salle (1651–1719) first appeared in 1702 and, an immediate success, were reprinted innumerable times until well into the nineteenth century. Civility and courtesy are not seen by La Salle as mere social ornaments, but rather as manifestations of Christian virtues. This charming Rheims edition exploits, like several other courtesy books, the grace of the sixteenth-century civilité type, first designed and cut by Granjon in Antwerp in 1557.
Manuscript waste: from a thirteenth-century manuscript of William of Auvergne on vellum, in two columns, red chapter headings, red and blue initials.
OCLC records only two copies, at Amsterdam and Lyons, and none in the UK or US.
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