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    Balzac, Jean Louis Guez de. The Choyce Letters of Monsieur De Balzac. Written to several Grand and Eminent Persons in France. Whereunto are annexed the Familiar Letters of Monsieur de Balzac to his Friend Monsieur Chapelain. [bound with] Balzac's Remaines, Or, his last Letters... London: Thomas Dring, 1658. 8vo. 2 vols. in 1. A-B4, a-q8, r4;B8-M8 [M8 blank, present] [18], 224, 221-260;[2],172p. Mottled calf, rebacked, spine banded, title gilt; some foxing, paper toning. Frontis. of author by R. Gaywood. First English Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $600.00

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    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."-OCFL. This is apparently misdescribed in RLIN as a variant issue of Wing B616. Actually that is the second part of this volume. The copy described in RLIN lacks B1 the title-page of the second volume and M8, the blank both of which are present in our volume. Wing B 613 & B616 .ESTC r3216. 

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