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Discours sur l'histoire universelle à monseigneur le Dauphin, pour expliquer la suite de la religion & les changemens des empires. Three parts in one volume.
Paris: Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, 1681. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. 4to (256 x 191 mm). [2], 561 [1], [6] pp. Engraved title vignette, engraved head- and tailpieces and initials. Bound in 19th century elaborate green velvet (spine ends a bit worn, joints somewhat week but cords holding firmly, without closures), upper board with a large figurative brass plate including four corner pieces inlaid with numerous semi-precious stones and a central relief plate made of bone, lower board with a large perforated brass plate*. Internally little browned, some minor spotting in places. Provenance: Armorial bookplate to front pastedown of unknown origin. An outstanding copy in extremely interesting eclectic book cover, which gently serves the style of Gothic and Romanesque. ----PMM 157; En Francais dans le texte 118; Graesse I, 502; Tchemerzine II-365; Le Petit, p.419-420; Brunet I-1134. FIRST EDITION. "The last noteworthy exercise in that type of universal history which, beginning with St. Augustine, interpreted the course of human history as a continuous manifestation of divine providence leading mankind towards salvation" (PMM). *An elaborately designed binding, probably 19th century. The front cover shows in mid-section a crucifixion scene framed by a gothic aedicula, which has been worked out of bone (165 x 90 mm). It is further equipped with a quadrilobe and several cresting flowers. The Body of Christ leaves no doubt that the Savior has already passed away. To the left of the cross, the enervated Mother of God is supported. Above the Crucifixion, in the brass plate, Christ appears as the ruler of the universe, surrounded by the Greek letters for beginning and end. Next to the midfield is St. Andrew, to the right St. Peter. The corner pieces are each decorated with eight smaller and five larger semi-precious stones, such as malachite, agate, amethyst, jasper or carnelian. The rear cover shows the blessing Christ in the Mandorla, surrounded by the four evangelist symbols. A later, approximately 0.5 cm wide edge fitting, partially covers the relief plate. Near Fine.
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