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    Balzac, Jean Louis Guez de. Letters Of Monsieur de Balzac. 1. 2. 3. and 4th parts. London: for John Williams and Francis Eaglesfield [ & W.B. and J.G.], 1654-1655. 8vo. 4pts in 1 vol. A8, B4, B-3F8. [24],142, [2], 119, [3], 144, [22], 72, [2]pp. Contemp. calf, blind rule, spine ends worn, front cover detached, old signiture on bottom of engraved t.p. dated 1709, 2 small holes in t.p. caused by erasure of old owner's names (no text affected), occasional side & underlines, some minor stains. Extra engraved t.p. [dated 1655]. First English Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $400

    More Information: Balzac (1595-1654), at the age of 29, retired to his estate of Balzac, where he dedicated himself to perfecting French prose.  An early member of the Academie Francaise, he is a master of lucidity, thus preparing the way for Pascal and Bossuet. "He expressed sound, if somewhat  pessimistic, opinions (some of them commonplaces from ancient authors) on ethics, politics and literature; but he also shows love of rustic scenery and he can give an agreeable turn to his wisdom."

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    23rd Thursday
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