(ADELAIDE, empress and saint). PETITY, Jean-Raymond de, abbé. ~ Panégyrique de sainte Adélaide, impératrice, dédié a Madame. Paris: P.G. Simon, 1757.
8vo (204 × 126 mm), pp. 43, . Woodcut title vignette and headpieces. Printed on thick paper. Contemporary gilt stamped paste paper stiff boards, date 1757 to head of upper cover in manuscript. Slightly rubbed and faded but still very attractive.
First edition. A panegyric addressed to Marie Adélaïde, ‘Madame’ (1732-1800, the fourth of Louis XV’s eight daughters) on the subject of her patron, Saint Adelaide of Burgundy, Holy Roman Empress by marriage to the tenth-century Emperor Otto the Great. The author, Abbé Petity, was a court cleric and had been royal predicateur to Adélaïde’s mother, Marie Leszczyńska. Worldcat: University of Aberdeen only outside France.