12mo (136 x 84 mm), pp. 197, , extra-illustrated with 12 early eighteenth-century engraved portraits, each with tissue guard; a little toning to first and final leaves with a few old repairs, short marginal tear to A4; early eighteenth-century straight-grained morocco by Simier (spine signed in gilt), borders roll-tooled in blind and gilt, spine tooled in compartments in blind and gilt between false raised bands, lettered directly in gilt, board-edges and dentelles gilt, edges gilt, marbled endpapers, vellum flyleaves, ribbon place-marker; minimal rubbing to lower edges, otherwise an excellent copy; from the library of Antoine-Augustin Renouard.
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Remarques sur le gouvernement du royaume durant les regnes de Henry IV, surnommé le Grand, de Louys XIII, surnommé le Juste, et de Louys XIV, surnommé Dieu-Donné, le Grand, & l’Invincible.
First edition of Courtilz de Sandras’s account of seventeenth-century French politics, bound by Simier and extra-illustrated by Renouard. A silk-merchant whose nascent political career collapsed with the Thermidore coup d’état in 1794, Antoine-Augustine Renouard (1765–1853) established himself in the 1790s not only as a collector, but also as a bibliographer of Aldine and Estienne editions and a bookseller with a reputation for fine books, handsomely bound and illustrated. The present volume is a fitting example of his tastes, with a suite of engraved portraits and an elegant binding by Simier, binder to the empress Marie-Louise and to King Louis-Philippe.
The text, classed by Renouard as ‘Histoire’, is the anonymous work of Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras (1644–1712), whose semi-fictional works capture the intrigue of France under Richelieu and Mazarin, most famously in his memoirs of d’Artagnan. Only one other copy could be traced at auction (Sotheby’s, 1975).
Renouard, Catalogue de la bibliothéque d’un amateur IV, p. 152.
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