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The Choyce Letters

Of Monsieur de Balzac

Written to Severall Grand and Eminent Persons in France

Whereunto are Annexed the Familiar Letters of Monsieur de Balzac to his Friend

Monsieur Chapelain

By Jean-Louis Guez Balzac.

1658 - London - Thomas Dring

7" by 4.5"; [19], 260pp, [3], 172pp

 

DETAILS

An English translation of Jean-Louis Guez Balzac's letters.

A very scarce work.

Not seen at auction for over thirty five years.

With a portrait frontispiece of Balzac.

With two title pages, the first title page is in Red and Black and with the title 'Balzac's Remaines or his Last Letters' the second is 'The Choyce Letters of Monsieur de Balzac.' One of these title pages is clearly a cancel. The running title of the work is 'Choise Lettres' and therefore it is likely the cancel is the red and black title page. There are two copies held at the British library, one with the first title page and one with the second title page. It is unusual to have both. (Wing B616).

Collated using both British library copies of this work, Complete. 

From the antiquarian library of Christopher Rowe. Christopher Rowe was a schoolmaster in Norwich and then in Bristol. Throughout his career he inspired many to love literature, history and music. He was a specialist on 17th century printer and bookseller, Humphrey Moseley and began his, unfortunately unfinished, PhD dissertation on him.

Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac was a French author noted for his epistolary essays. This volume comprises of his letters to notable courtiers which gained him a great reputation. This work mostly contains his letters to Jean Chapelain, a French Poet who organized and founded the Academie Francaise.

CONDITION

In a full calf binding. rebacked with original boards preserved. Externally, generally smart with rubbing to the extremities and to the head and tail of spine. Small worm holes to the tail of spine and also to the head. The worming only seems to have slightly affected the front endpaper at the gutter and the rear hinge. Both hinges are slightly strained but firm. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown, Christopher Rowe. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are age toned with light spotting throughout. Overall: VERY GOOD.


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