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Courtilz de Sandras, Gatien
Testament Politique de Messire Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Ministre & Secrétaire d'État, où l'on voit ce qui s'est passé sous le Règne de Louis Le Grand jusqu'en l'Année 1684. Avec des Remarques sur le Gouvernement du Royaume
La Haye (The Hague): Henry van Bulderen, 1694. New edition revised and corrected. Hardcover. vg. 16mo. [24], 493, [1]pp. Full green paper covered boards. Printer's device on title page. Memoirs and biography of the French statesman and finance minister to Louis XIV, under whose auspices the commerce and manufactures of France were revitalized and enriched. Colbert chartered two companies to trade in the East and the West Indies and planted colonies in Canada. He also founded the French Academy of Sciences and the Paris Observatory. Minor rubbing along edges of modern binding. Dampstaining between pp. 40-194. Text in French. Binding in overall good+ to very good, Interior (without dampstaining) in very good condition. About the author: Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras (1644- 1712) was a French novelist, journalist, pamphleteer and memorialist. His abundant output includes short stories, gallant letters, tales of historical love affairs ("Les Intrigues amoureuses de la Cour de France," 1684), historical and political works, biographies and semi-fictional "memoirs" (in the first person; his prefaces often indicate that the works were composed from papers found after the subject's death) of historical figures from the recent past (such as Colbert, the Marquis de Montbrun and M. de Rochefort). His memoir-novels ("Mémoires de M.L.C.D.R.," 1687; "Mémoires de M. d'Artagnan," 1700; "Mémoires de M. de B.;" 1711) describe the social and political world of Richelieu and Mazarin with a picaresque realism (spies, kidnappings, and political machinations predominate) an … [Click Below for Full Description]
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