1654 L'Histoire Du Cardinal Duc De Joyeuse
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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Uncommon
Appended are several personal notes and missives, making the work especially useful to both the historian and general reader.
Francois de Joyeuse was born in Carcassonne, the second son to Guillaume de Joyeuse and Marie Eleanor de Batarnay. His elder brother held some influence with King Henry II, who made him a Duke in 1581. In that same year he became Archbishop of Narbonne, despite being only 19.
He inherited the Dukedom of Joyeuse in 1587, after the death of his brother at the head of the Catholic army at the Battle of Coutras. Later he supported the enemy commander, then Henry IV, and was heavily involved in the politics conducted between the Holy See and the French crown.
This was the personal copy of Algernon Capell, Earl of Essex, and contains his bookplate to the reverse of the title page. Dated 1701
In full mottled calf with gilt detailing to the spine. Externally sound with general shelfware and light marks of handling. The spine is a little rubbed and the spine label is missing. There are light tidemarks to the boards near the joints. The joints themselves are starting but firm. There is a bookplate and a brief numerical ink inscription to the front pastedown, which has offset. Internally lightly foxed but remains remarkably clean for its age. Firmly bound.
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