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The Works of Mons. de la Bruyere

By Jean de la Bruyere; Nicholas Rowe

1752

D. Browne : London

7" by 4"

394pp; [4pp], 229pp, [4pp]

 

 

 

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A full calf two volume set of the collected works of Jean de la Bruyere, a Christian moralist who spent his life at French court.

Complete in two volumes. A collection of works by the French philosopher and moralist, Jean de la Bruyere. Including 'The Characters, or, Manners of the Age', 'The Characters of Theophrastus', a speech delivered upon his admission into the French Academy of the 15th June 1693, and 'Of the Manner of Living with Great Men'. 'Characters' is La Bruyere's most important work, first being published in 1688. As Nicholas de Malezieu predicted, it brought La Bruyere many readers and many enemies. His position at court allowed him a fanatstic position in which to witness the hypocrisy and corruption of the court of Louis XIV. As a Christian moralist, he wished to reform peoples manners. La Bruyere became the tutor to Louis de Bourbon Prince of Conde and Louise Francoise de Bourbon, after being introduced to the royal family's household by the orator and theologian Jacques Benigne Bossuet. After this introduction, he spent much of his life in the royal household and at court. Translated into English by Nicholas Rowe, the Poet Laureate from 1715 to 1718. Some of his other works include 'The Fair Penitent', 'The Tragedy of Jane Shore', 'The Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray', and 'Tamerlane'. Four pages of publisher's adverts to the rear of Volume II.

CONDITION

In the original full calf binding. Externally, smart. Bumping has caused a very little loss to the head of the spines, being a bit heavier to Volume I, with some small cracks to the spines of both volumes. Very light rubbing to the joints. A little loss of leather to the tail of the front board to Volume I. Very minor marking and a couple of light spots to the boards. Front hinges are starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with the odd scattered spot and handling mark, mostly to the first and last few pages, being a little heavier to Volume I. Evidence of lacking a page before the title page to Volume I.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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