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[Henry IV]
Les larmes et lamentations de la France sur le trépas de Henry IIII Roy de France et Navarre. Et quelques epitaphes. Avec ce qui s'est passé le samedy XV May, lors que le Roy Louis XIII fut proclamé Roy, et la Royne sa Mère Régente en France.
Rouen, Jean Petit, 1610. Small 4to (14.6 x 9.6 cm).Ttitle page with engraved vignette, portrait of Henry IV on verso. 13 pp., with engraved haed and tail piece, engraved initial. Full morocco binding by Hardy. Spine with five raised bands and gilt title in miniature; boards with elaborate gilt floral and pictorial patterns, including fleurs de lis vignettes and morocco onlays in various colours by "cSe" (monogram). Rich gilt inner dentelles bordering marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.= A very rare work published on the occasion of the death of the French king Henry IV (born 1553), who was murdered by a religious fanatic on 14 May 1610. Bound by the French bookbinder ‘Hardy', most probably Hardy Mennil (see Brunet, “La reliure ancienne et moderne", 1884). With a handwritten dedication by the ‘décorateur de ce livre', C. E. Stewart, to the Baron de Barante, and dated 26 mars 1924. An original letter, signed by Henry IV, dated 31 mars 1610 (that is, less than six weeks before his violent death) and by his Foreign Minister and Lord Chancellor, Nicolas Brûlart de Sillery (1544-1624) is added. After Henry's death, his widow, Maria de Medici, served as regent for their nine-year-old son, Louis XIII, until 1617. The letter with some vague dampstaining, the edges a bit irregular. The book in excellent condition, the binding fresh, without shelf-wear. A unique copy of a very rare work. Not in Brunet.
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