Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire de France. Contenant ce qui…

Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire de France. Contenant ce qui s'est passé de plus remarquable dans ce royaume depuis 1515. jusqu’en 1611. (Ed. Jean Godefroy). by [L’ESTOILE, Pierre de].
  • Another image of Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire de France. Contenant ce qui s'est passé de plus remarquable dans ce royaume depuis 1515. jusqu’en 1611. (Ed. Jean Godefroy). by [L’ESTOILE, Pierre de].
  • Another image of Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire de France. Contenant ce qui s'est passé de plus remarquable dans ce royaume depuis 1515. jusqu’en 1611. (Ed. Jean Godefroy). by [L’ESTOILE, Pierre de].

~ Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire de France. Contenant ce qui s'est passé de plus remarquable dans ce royaume depuis 1515. jusqu’en 1611. (Ed. Jean Godefroy). Cologne [Brussels]: Heirs of Herman Demen, 1719.

2 vols, 8vo (170 x 100 mm), pp. [xvi] (including dramatic engraved frontispiece, signed Rich. van Orley and Harrewijn), 334, [46]; [4] leaves (including repeated frontispiece), 384, [56] titles printed in red and black, with woodcut devices; 33 full-page engraved portraits (signed Harrewijn). Very light browning. Contemporary mottled calf, spines with 5 raised bands, gilt in compartments. Corners rubbed, two joints starting, bookplates removed. An attractive copy.

A finely-illustrated history of France in the sixteenth and early-seventeenth century. The second part (1589-1611) is printed here for the first time; the first part originally having been published in 1621 as Journal des choses memorables advenues durant tout le regne de Henry III (Cioranesco 13602).

The imprint is certainly false, and Brussels is the more likely origin, though the woodcut device on the first title is that of Antoine Vincent of Lyon. The frontispiece is notable and is a violent allegory of this turbulent century, the female personification of France is beset by a crowd of petitioners in the form of vagrants, a monk, nobles and merchants while in the background several brutal excutions are enacted, with the city of Paris and the towers of Notre Dame in the distance. It is the work of Richard van Orley (1663-1732), a Brussels painter and engraver, and engraved by François Harrewijn (1700-1764), also a Brussels engraver, pupil of Romeyn de Hooghe, known primarily for his portraits of historical figures. Harrewijn also supplied the excellent suite of 33 portraits of kings and queens (including Mary Stuart) and leading members of church and state.

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