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  • Gaspard. by BENJAMIN, Réné. RENEFER, illustrator. BENJAMIN, Réné. RENEFER, illustrator. ~ Gaspard. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1923].
    First edition of the first of Fayard’s important Livre de Demain series, one of 15 copies with the illustrations in an additional suite on chine,… (more)

    First edition of the first of Fayard’s important Livre de Demain series, one of 15 copies with the illustrations in an additional suite on chine, signed. Benjamin’s Prix Goncourt novel of 1915 was written in hospital while recovering from injuries sustained at Verdun in September 1914 (and first published by Fayard). The wood engravings are among Renefer’s most evocative war illustrations.

    Fayard’s Livres de Demain brought examples of the current revival in woodcut and wood engraving to a wide audience at a reasonable price. Accordingly, the illustrations of the regular volumes were printed in large numbers from phototype metal blocks made from the prints, with just 15 copies of each (as here) presented with an additional suite of the original woodcuts specially printed on fine paper. The series was very popular and ran for several years, with some titles reprinted in successive editions.

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  • La Divine Chanson. by HARRY, Myriam. Ch. J. HALLO, illustrator. HARRY, Myriam. Ch. J. HALLO, illustrator. ~ La Divine Chanson. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1925].
    First edition with the illustrations by Hallo, number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of all 23 wood engravings on chine, all initialled by… (more)

    First edition with the illustrations by Hallo, number 2 of 15 copies with the suite of all 23 wood engravings on chine, all initialled by the artist. Fayard’s Livres de demain brought examples of the current revival in woodcut and wood engraving to a wide audience at a reasonable price. Accordingly, the illustrations of the regular volumes were printed in large numbers from phototype metal blocks made from the prints, with just 15 copies of each (as here) presented with an additional suite of the original woodcuts specially printed on fine paper.

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  • La Randonnée de Samba Diouf. by FALKÉ, Pierre, illustrator. Jérome and Jean THARAUD. FALKÉ, Pierre, illustrator. Jérome and Jean THARAUD. ~ La Randonnée de Samba Diouf. Paris: Fayard, Le Livre de Demain, [1926].
    First edition with the Falké illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered and initialled by the artist. A colonialist… (more)

    First edition with the Falké illustrations, number 2 of 15 copies only with the woodcuts on chine, numbered and initialled by the artist. A colonialist novel in which a young Senegalese fisherman finds himself enlisted in the army, fighting with the French in the trenches of the Great War. It first appeared in 1922. Fayard’s Livres de demain brought examples of the current revival in woodcut and wood engraving to a wide audience at a reasonable price. Accordingly, the illustrations of the regular volumes were printed in large numbers from phototype metal blocks made from the prints, with just 15 copies of each (as here) presented with an additional suite of the original woodcuts specially printed on fine paper.

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  • [14 coloured erotic cards]. by (EROTICA). (EROTICA). ~ [14 coloured erotic cards]. [?Farnce, c. 1920s].
    14 rare belle époque cards, including: ‘Au Pompe-Dard — Pumping Fashion’; ‘Position du tireur debout — Standing fashion’; ‘Enviander les Brancards — Between the Shafts’,… (more)

    14 rare belle époque cards, including: ‘Au Pompe-Dard — Pumping Fashion’; ‘Position du tireur debout — Standing fashion’; ‘Enviander les Brancards — Between the Shafts’, etc.

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  • My Darling and I. by (EROTICA). (EROTICA). ~ My Darling and I. [Paris, c. 1940s].
    A series of witty and finely executed erotic miniatures, presumably a Paris souvenir made with an anglophone audience in mind, most likely the American servicemen… (more)

    A series of witty and finely executed erotic miniatures, presumably a Paris souvenir made with an anglophone audience in mind, most likely the American servicemen in Paris after 1945.

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  • Devotions to Jesus Christ, in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar: containing, several pious Exercises for honouring this divine Mystery, and approaching it worthily. Composed in French by Dom Morel, a Benedictin monk, who died in 1731, and in the 79th Year of his Age; Author of several other Works of Devotion and Piety. by [MOREL, Robert]. [MOREL, Robert]. ~ Devotions to Jesus Christ, in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar: containing, several pious Exercises for honouring this divine Mystery, and approaching it worthily. Composed in French by Dom Morel, a Benedictin monk, who died in 1731, and in the 79th Year of his Age; Author of several other Works of Devotion and Piety. London: printed for Thomas Meighan, in Drury-Lane, [ 1756?].
    First edition in English. This copy in an attractive Regency binding with an interesting English Catholic provenance: the Hornyold family of Worcestershire. The Blackmore Park… (more)

    First edition in English. This copy in an attractive Regency binding with an interesting English Catholic provenance: the Hornyold family of Worcestershire. The Blackmore Park estate had been in the hands of the Hornyold family since the sixteenth century, and in 1844 Thomas Charles Hornyold donated land for the building of a new Catholic church. The church, with an attached monastery for monks of the Redemptorist order, was paid for by John Vincent Gandolfi, a Genoese silk merchant who had married into the Hornyold family and would inherit the Blackmore Estate in 1859. ESTC: BL, London Oratory, Bodley (several copies), Newberry Library and Clark Library (UCLA).

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  • [The New Foundling Hospital for Wit, fragment]. by FUGITIVE PIECES (spine and cover title). FUGITIVE PIECES (spine and cover title). ~ [The New Foundling Hospital for Wit, fragment]. [London: J. Almon, 1771].
    An eighteenth-century homemade binding of a portion of a popular literary and satirical miscellany, a reminder that not all reading from perfect copies. The New… (more)

    An eighteenth-century homemade binding of a portion of a popular literary and satirical miscellany, a reminder that not all reading from perfect copies. The New Foundling Hospital for Wit appeared from 1768-7) and was a vehicle for John Wilkes and his radical bookseller John Almon, each issue audacious satirical engravings. This one includes, as a frontispiece, ‘A Citizen of the World searching for a Wise Prince’ in which blindfolded man walks an empty street carrying a lantern and wearing a long, furred civic gown. On a sign board overhead is a portrait of Augusta, Princess Dowager of Wales and a jackboot, the emblem of the Earl of Bute. Below is a quote from Shakespeare: ‘Who says ‘Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye than twenty of their swords (Romeo and Juliet).

    Among the various verses we find Richard Berenger’s ‘On the Birth-Day of Shakespeare’ originally included in The World.

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  • [10 Sermons]. by (JAMES II). (JAMES II). ~ [10 Sermons]. London, 1686-7.
    1. [ELLIS, Philip]. The first Sermon preach’d before Their Majesties in English at Windsor, on the first Sunday of October 1685. London: Henry Hills, 1686,… (more)

    1. [ELLIS, Philip]. The first Sermon preach’d before Their Majesties in English at Windsor, on the first Sunday of October 1685. London: Henry Hills, 1686, pp. [4], 31, [1]. Upper forecorner of title neatly cut away (just touching one letter). Wing E595.

    2. -- -- Second Sermon preach’d before the King and Queen, and Queen Dowager, in Their Majesties Chappel at St. James’s, upon All-Saints Day, November 1. 1685. London: Henry Hills, 1686, pp. [2], 32, [2] (advert). Wing E597.

    3. -- -- The third Sermon preach’d before the King and Queen, in Their Majesties chappel at St. James’s, on the third Sunday in Advent, Decemb. 13. 1685. London: Henry Hills, 1686, pp. [2], 29, [1]. Small hole affecting a few words on recto and verso of final leaf. Wing E603.

    4. CARTWRIGHT, Thomas. A Sermon preached upon the anniversary Solemnity of the happy Inauguration of our dread Soveraign Lord King James II. In the Collegiate Church of Ripon, February the 6th. 1685/6. The Second Edition. London: printed by J. Leake, and are to be sold by Walter Davis, 1686, pp. [6], 38. Title page and final leaf slightly inky with various pen tests, blots and stains. Wing C707.

    5. ELLIS, Phillip. Sixth Sermon preach’d before the King and Queen, in Their Majesties chappel at St. James’s, upon the first Wednesday in Lent, Febr. 24. 1685. London: Henry Hills, 1686, pp. [2], 31, [3] (adverts). Wing E602.

    6. BETHAM, John. A Sermon preach’d before the King and Queen, in Their Majesties Chappel at St. James’s, upon the Annunciation of our Blessed Lady, March 25. 1686. London: Henry Hills... sold by Matthew Turner, 1686, pp. [2], 32, [2] (advert). Wing B2060.

    7. J. G., D.D. A Sermon of the Passion of our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ. Preached on Good-Friday. In his Excellencies the Spanish Ambassador’s Chappel. London: for Matthew Turner, 1686, pp. [4] (including initial blank), 34, [2]. Wing G40.

    8. [DORMER, John]. A Sermon preach’d before Their Majesties in their Chappel at St. James’s the 25th. Sunday after Pentecost, November 17th. 1686. London: by Nat. Thompson, 1687, pp. [2], 30. Wing D1928.

    9. ELLIS, Philip. A Sermon preach’d before the King and Queen, upon the second Sunday in Advent, being the fifth of December, 1686. London: Henry Hills, 1686, pp. [2], 33, [1]. Wing E599.

    10. [DORMER, John]. A Sermon of judgement, preached before the Queen Dowager, in Her Majesties Chappel at Somerset-House; on the first Sunday in Advent. Being the 27th. of Novemb. 1686. London: Nat. Thompson, 1687, pp. [2], 32. Wing D1927.

    First editions (save for 4. Cartwright) of ten sermons delivered to the Royal Family at the Catholic Court of James II. Five are by James’s favourite, Philip Ellis, whose reputation as an orator began as a pupil at Westminster School, where he was reputed to speak ‘ex cathedra like an angel’ and nicknamed ‘Jolly Phil’. He converted to Catholicism while still at school and trod the path to Douai, entering the Benedictine priory of St Gregory. ‘After being ordained priest Ellis was appointed preacher-general in 1685 and sent to work in England. His abilities recommended him to the notice of James II, who appointed him one of his chaplains-in-ordinary and preachers. He was attached to the chapels royal at Whitehall, St James’s, Somerset House, and Windsor, where he became known as ‘the great pulpit man’ of the Catholics, and a number of his sermons delivered between 1685 and 1687 were published...’ (Geoffrey Scott in Oxford DNB).
    Also included is the powerful sermon on repentance preached to Charles II’s widow, Catherine of Braganza (‘Queen Dowager’) by another royal favourite, John Dormer.

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  • news from the East
    reçues à Londres, par les directeurs du Seminaire des Missions étrangères, en 1793, 1794, 1795 & 1796. Pouvant servir de suite aux lettres edifiantes des missionnaires de la Compagnie de Jesus. by Nouvelles des missions orientales, Nouvelles des missions orientales, ~ reçues à Londres, par les directeurs du Seminaire des Missions étrangères, en 1793, 1794, 1795 & 1796. Pouvant servir de suite aux lettres edifiantes des missionnaires de la Compagnie de Jesus. London: J. P. Coghlan, 1797.
    First edition. Reports from Tonkin, Cochinchina (parts of modern Vietnam) and China by missionaries of the the Séminaire des Missions étrangères de Paris, whose directors… (more)

    First edition. Reports from Tonkin, Cochinchina (parts of modern Vietnam) and China by missionaries of the the Séminaire des Missions étrangères de Paris, whose directors were then in exile in London. These letters (all dated) are first hand accounts by the bishops and other missionaries in the Far Eastern provinces and include numerous descriptions of local religion and custom, as a well as (sometimes violent) measures taken by Westerners against them. Printer James Coghlan (?1731-1800), originally a book binder, became the pre-eminent Catholic printer, publisher and bookseller in London in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, having taken over the stock of Thomas Meighan in 1774. ESTC: Cornell only in North America. CCFr: Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, Paris only.

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  • The History of the Church of Japan. Written originally in French by Monsieur L’Abbe de T. And now translated into English. By N. N. by [CRASSET, Jean]. [CRASSET, Jean]. ~ The History of the Church of Japan. Written originally in French by Monsieur L’Abbe de T. And now translated into English. By N. N. London [no publisher], 1705-[7].
    First edition in English of the Jesuit Crasset’s Histoire de l’Église du Japon (1689). (more)

    First edition in English of the Jesuit Crasset’s Histoire de l’Église du Japon (1689).

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  • Vexation and Strife. by MOFFAT, James. MOFFAT, James. ~ Vexation and Strife. Calcutta, 1797.
    A rare caricature of domestic strife, Calcutta-printed by Scottish printmaker James Moffat (1775-1815), better known for his Indian topographical views popular among British colonial residents… (more)

    A rare caricature of domestic strife, Calcutta-printed by Scottish printmaker James Moffat (1775-1815), better known for his Indian topographical views popular among British colonial residents in India. A woman, dressed in a short shift, angrily pulls a bottle from the hand of a drunken man, who sits with his right fist raised and a cigar hanging from his mouth as smoke billows around his head. He holds onto a bottle with his left hand, a glass and pile of cigars at his elbow. The woman points with her left hand to a clock on the wall which shows the time as five past five. In the background on the left, a dark-faced, cloaked figure stands before the curtained doorway on the left.

    ‘Moffat was a Scotsman who arrived in India aged only 14, living in Calcutta from 1789 to 1815. He appears to have learnt his profession of drawing and engraving in India. According to Wynyard Wilkinson (‘The Makers of Indian Colonial Silver’, London, 1987, p. 137) he was apprenticed as an engraver to the silversmith John Ludvig Jacobi in 1789, and then worked from 1794-1804 for another silversmith John Mair and his successor firms, while engraving and publishing his own views. An advertisement in the ‘Calcutta Gazette’ in 1797 offering to produce ‘Picturesque copper-plate engravings’ led to a series of views of Calcutta and its environs.’ ?

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  • Le Proscrit par... Auteur d’Emmeline, D’Ethelinde, de Célestine, de Montalbert, des Promenades Champêtres, etc. etc. Traduit de l’anglais, sur le seconde édition... by SMITH, Charlotte. L. Antoine MARQUAND, translator. SMITH, Charlotte. L. Antoine MARQUAND, translator. ~ Le Proscrit par... Auteur d’Emmeline, D’Ethelinde, de Célestine, de Montalbert, des Promenades Champêtres, etc. etc. Traduit de l’anglais, sur le seconde édition... Paris: Le Normant, An XI, 1803.
    First edition in French of The Banished Man (1794). Smith’s republican sympathies are well-known, but this novel marked a shift in her enthusiasm for the… (more)

    First edition in French of The Banished Man (1794). Smith’s republican sympathies are well-known, but this novel marked a shift in her enthusiasm for the Revolution — it opens in 1792 with the impact of the Revolutionary wars and covers the execution of King Louis XVI in January 1793 as well as the radical period of the Terror. The introduction to Marquand’s translation serves as a retrospective review of Smith’s remarkable popularity in France. Worldcat lists the copy at Illinois as the only copy outside continental Europe. The UK’s Libraryhub (formerly COPAC) adds a copy at Birmingham.

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  • Album Types Anglais by GAVARNI, Henri MONNIER and Tony JOHANNOT, illustrators. GAVARNI, Henri MONNIER and Tony JOHANNOT, illustrators. ~ Album Types Anglais [Paris: Imprimerie Blondeau, rue de Petit-Carreau, c. 1840].
    First edition of this very scarce collection of French caricatures of English ‘types’, men and women, including: an Oxford student, an auctioneer, a bus driver,… (more)

    First edition of this very scarce collection of French caricatures of English ‘types’, men and women, including: an Oxford student, an auctioneer, a bus driver, a barmaid, a dressmaker, a chamber maid, a beggar and an invalid. Libraryrhub lists Bodley as the only UK location.

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  • Cours de peinture sur porcelaine... traduit de l’anglais par E. Roubaud. by LEWIS, Florence. LEWIS, Florence. ~ Cours de peinture sur porcelaine... traduit de l’anglais par E. Roubaud. Paris [London]: Cassell et Compagnie, 1883.
    First edition in French of China Painting (also 1883) by Florence Lewis, one of the most successful and prolific artists working for the Lambeth Doulton… (more)

    First edition in French of China Painting (also 1883) by Florence Lewis, one of the most successful and prolific artists working for the Lambeth Doulton potteries, who produced many thousands of designs for the pottery’s immense output exported throughout the British Empire and beyond. She was notably the decorator of what was (in 1893) the world’s largest vase, commissioned by the Indian Prince Gaekwar of Baroda from Doulton, exhibited at the Worlds Fair in Chicago.

    Lewis ‘worked at the Minton Art Pottery Studio in London before joining Doulton’s new Art Pottery in Lambeth around 1874. Miss Lewis became supervisor of Doulton’s Faience department in 1880, training the younger woman artists, and in 1883 she wrote a book about china painting for amateur and professional students. Her work was admired by Queen Victoria, who bought a tea service decorated with primroses in 1887’ (Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts). Rare: Worldcat lists the Cambridge University copy only of the French translation.

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  • Époques et faits mémorables de l’histoire de France: depuis l’origine de la monarchie jusqu’a l’arrivé de Louis XVIII dans sa capitale... by DURDENT, [René-Jean]. DURDENT, [René-Jean]. ~ Époques et faits mémorables de l’histoire de France: depuis l’origine de la monarchie jusqu’a l’arrivé de Louis XVIII dans sa capitale... Paris: [Imbert for] Alexis Eymery, 1814.
    First edition of a popular Royalist history of France, issued against the background of the first Restoration of the French monarchy — Louis XVIII (dubbed… (more)

    First edition of a popular Royalist history of France, issued against the background of the first Restoration of the French monarchy — Louis XVIII (dubbed Louis ‘Le desiré’ by his followers) had taken the throne in May 1814. Several editions followed, but the first is notably rare. The frontispiece depicts Louis receiving the Order of the Garter from British Prince Regent as he prepared to return to France from his exile in England. The text includes supplementary accounts of literature and the arts.

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  • Jack’s Manual on the Vintage and Production, Care and Handling of Wines, Liquors, etc. A Handbook of Information for Home, Club, or Hotel. Recipes for fancy mixed Drinks and when and how to serve. by (COCKTAILS). GROHUSKO, J. A. (COCKTAILS). GROHUSKO, J. A. ~ Jack’s Manual on the Vintage and Production, Care and Handling of Wines, Liquors, etc. A Handbook of Information for Home, Club, or Hotel. Recipes for fancy mixed Drinks and when and how to serve. New York: [McClunn & Co for] the author, 1910.
    A classic pre-Prohibition American cocktail book. Jacob ‘Jack’ Grohusko was the head bartender at Baracca’s restaurant in New York, having been born in England to… (more)

    A classic pre-Prohibition American cocktail book. Jacob ‘Jack’ Grohusko was the head bartender at Baracca’s restaurant in New York, having been born in England to a Russian Jewish family and brought to New York as an infant. Jack’s Manual has 17 pages on the different types of wine (particularly champagne, sauternes and burgundies) and liquor, and 61 pages of recipes for cocktails.

    This 1910 edition was preceded by a very rare 1908 edition (NLM and LC only in Worldcat). Jack’s was the first cocktail book to include the Brooklyn, perhaps his own creation, and several others which would be immortalised in the much later Savoy Cocktail Book (1930).

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  • Maximes générales sur la guerre de campagne. by (MILITARY). (MILITARY). ~ Maximes générales sur la guerre de campagne. [France, mid eighteenth century, but after. 1759].
    A pocket treatise on the art of war, probably compiled in the aftermath of the Seven Years War. This anonymous manuscript comprises six chapters: [1]… (more)

    A pocket treatise on the art of war, probably compiled in the aftermath of the Seven Years War. This anonymous manuscript comprises six chapters: [1] Maximes générales; [2] Des Camps de Rassemblement; [3]. La Guerre de Campagne, comprend l’objet, le plan général, le plan particulier, la conduite, re résultat et la fin des operations; [4] Campagnes de deffensive; [5] Campagnes d’hiver; [6] des Capitulations. Written from the point of view of a prospective military commander or general, it introduces the principles and objectives of campaign warfare of the sort that dominated European history in the eighteenth century. It makes occasional references to historical persons (Turenne and the Duc de Broglie) as well as to more recent events, such as the winter campaigns of 1757-9).

    Provenance: Early ownership inscription: Antonio Lopez; Marquis d'Astorga, sale 1870 (described as from the library of the Dukes of Sessa); Bookplate of Ricardo Heredia, comte de Benahavis, sold as lot 551, Paul, Huard & Guillemin, Drouot (Paris), May, 1891.

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  • Lettres consolantes et chrétiennes à un jeune solitaire du mont Saint-Bernard dédiées à S.E. monseigneur le cardinal De Belloy by LA SERRIE, François Joseph De. LA SERRIE, François Joseph De. ~ Lettres consolantes et chrétiennes à un jeune solitaire du mont Saint-Bernard dédiées à S.E. monseigneur le cardinal De Belloy Paris: J. M. Eberhart, 1806.
    First edition. A very rare work, published for the author, La Serrie of the Vendée, who published a series of little books at the opening… (more)

    First edition. A very rare work, published for the author, La Serrie of the Vendée, who published a series of little books at the opening of the nineteenth century, in small editions for distribution among his friends, with illustrations engraved by himself. These are naive but accomplished and often very striking devotional compositions. They are almost all captioned, almost invariably with the letter ‘N’ in reverse. No copies located in Worldcat.

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  • Notice historique des descentes qui ont été faites dans les Isles britanniques,depuis Guillaume-le-Conquérant jusqu’à l'an VI de la République française; avec une carte enluminée gravée par P.F. Tardieu. by [GIRARDIN, Stanislas, comte de]. [GIRARDIN, Stanislas, comte de]. ~ Notice historique des descentes qui ont été faites dans les Isles britanniques,
    depuis Guillaume-le-Conquérant jusqu’à l'an VI de la République française; avec une carte enluminée gravée par P.F. Tardieu.
    Paris: Crapelet [se vend chez Maradan], An VI, [ 1797-8].
    First edition of this graphic propaganda piece encouraging the projected invasion of Britain by Napoleon’s Revolutionary government. By pushing the definition of invasion and by… (more)

    First edition of this graphic propaganda piece encouraging the projected invasion of Britain by Napoleon’s Revolutionary government. By pushing the definition of invasion and by including a long series of medieval coastal raids on Southern England, General Girardin can list 45 ‘invasions’ from 1066 to the present, with 41 being successful.

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  • Panegyrique de Saint Louis, roi de France, prononcé devant Messieurs de l’Académie royale des inscriptions & belles-lettres, & Messieurs de l’Académie royale des sciences, dans l’eglise des PP. de l’Oratoire, le 25 août 1758. by (SAINT LOUIS). Guillaume-Germain GUYOT. (SAINT LOUIS). Guillaume-Germain GUYOT. ~ Panegyrique de Saint Louis, roi de France, prononcé devant Messieurs de l’Académie royale des inscriptions & belles-lettres, & Messieurs de l’Académie royale des sciences, dans l’eglise des PP. de l’Oratoire, le 25 août 1758. Paris: Bernard Brunet, imprimeur de l’Académie Françoise, 1758.
    First edition, preserved in its contemporary wrapper. A panegyric given on the Feast of Saint Louis, patron saint of France in the church, to members… (more)

    First edition, preserved in its contemporary wrapper. A panegyric given on the Feast of Saint Louis, patron saint of France in the church, to members of the Académies royales in the church of the Oratoire. Worldcat: Newberry and Michigan only outside France.

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