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France Under Louis XV

In Two Volumes

By James Breck Perkins

1897 - London - Smith, Elder & Co.

7.5" by 5"; (xii) 496; (xii) 488pp.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

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A two volume first edition of American historian James Breck Perkins' 'France Under Louis XV'.

James Breck Perkins (1847 1910) was an American historian, a United States Congressman, and a writer. Recognized as the leading authority in the particular historical field to which he devoted himself, he was honored by membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

Perkins' work covers the entire trajectory of Louis XV's reign.

Louis XV (1710 1774), known as Louis the Well beloved (Louis le bien aim) was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five.

Most scholars believe Louis XV's decisions damaged the power of France, weakened the treasury, discredited the absolute monarchy, and made it more vulnerable to distrust and destruction, as happened in the French Revolution, which broke out 15 years after his death. Davies says that after he took full control in 1723 his reign "was one of debilitating stagnation," characterized by lost wars, endless clashes between the Court and Parlement, and religious feuds. A few scholars defend Louis, arguing that his highly negative reputation was based on propaganda meant to justify the French Revolution. Blum says he was "a perpetual adolescent called to do a man's job."

Bound by Hatchard (binder's blind stamp to front free-endpaper).

Complete in two volumes.

CONDITION

In a half-calf binding with cloth boards. Externally excellent with minor shelfwear only in the form of slight wear to the head and tail of spine. Hinges tender to volume 1. Internally generally firmly bound with very bright and clean pages throughout save for slight foxing to first and last few pages as usual. Some pages uncut: viii-ix in volume 1, and x to xi in volume 2. Bookplate to front pastedown. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.


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