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Recueil Des Oraisons Funebras, Prononcees

Par Messire Jacques-Benigne Bossuet,

Eveque de Meaux. Nouvelle Edition.

Revue avec soin & considerablement augmentee.

1762 - Paris - Desaint & Saillant

7" by 4" - 445 pp

 

 

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Full calf leather binding with marbled end papers and attractive head and tail pieces.

Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (September 27, 1627 - April 12, 1704) was a French bishop, theologian, and renowned pulpit orator and court preacher.

Bossuet was a staunch advocate of the theory of political absolutism; he made the argument that government was divine and that kings received their power from God. One of the most brilliant orators of all time and a masterful French stylist, the works best known to English speakers are his three great orations delivered at the funerals of Henrietta Maria, widow of Charles I of England (1669), her daughter, Henrietta, duchess of Orleans (1670), and the great soldier Cond (1687). He was also an important courtier and politician at the court of Louis XIV.

Bossuet possessed the full equipment of the orator, voice, language, flexibility and strength. He never needed to strain for effect; his genius struck out at a single blow the thought, the feeling and the word. These qualities reach their highest point in the Oraisons funbres (Funeral Orations). Bossuet was always best when at work on a large canvas; besides, here no conscientious scruples intervened to prevent him giving much time and thought to the artistic side of his subject. For the Oraison, as its name betokened, stood midway between the sermon proper and what would nowadays be called a biographical sketch. At least, that was what Bossuet made it; for on this field he stood not merely first, but alone.

CONDITION

The binding is generally firm and both covers are attached. There is some wear to the extremities, particularly to the spine which has a piece missing, is chipped to the top and tail, and rubbed. Internally the book is clean and bright apart from some isolated spots affecting the front end papers in particular.

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