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Oeuvres Choisies de Massillon

Petit Careme

Suivi de Sermons Divers

Nouvelle Edition

Precedee d'Observations Litteraires par la Harpe et de l'Elogie de Massillon

par d'Alembert

c1890 - Paris - Garnier Freres

7" x 4.5", 418pp

 

DETAILS

Leatherbound volume with marble paper covered boards and marble paper pastedowns.

Jean Baptiste Massillon (June 24, 1663 - September 28, 1742) was a French Catholic bishop and famous preacher, Bishop of Clermont from 1717 until his death.

His popularity was probably because in his sermons he lays little stress on dogmatic questions, but treats generally of moral subjects, in which the secrets of the human heart and the processes of man's reason are described with poetical feeling. He has usually been contrasted with his predecessor Bourdaloue, the latter having the credit of vigorous denunciation, Massillon that of gentle persuasiveness. Besides the Petit Carme, a sermon which he delivered before the young king Louis XV in 1718, his sermons on the Prodigal Son, on the small number of the elect, on death, for Christmas Day, and for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, may be perhaps cited as his masterpieces. His funeral oration on King Louis XIV is only noted now for the opening sentence: "Dieu seul est grand." But in truth Massillon is singularly free from inequality. His great literary power, his reputation for benevolence, and his known toleration and dislike of doctrinal disputes caused him to be much more favourably regarded than most churchmen by the philosophes of the 18th century.

This volume is in French.

CONDITION

The binding is tight and firm with both covers and all pages securely attached. There is some wear to the extremities including fading to the spine and rubbing to the boards. Internally the pages are slightly age-toned with the occasional handling mark and odd spot.  Overall the volume is in good only condition.

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