Jean Louis Guez de Balzac. Letters Of Monsieur de Balzac. I. 2. 3. and 4th parts. London: for John Williams and Francis Eaglesfield [ & W.B. and J.G.], 1654-1655. Krown & Spellman retail: $400. First English Edition. 8vo. 4pts in 1 vol. A8, B4, B-3F8. [24],142, [2], 119, [3], 144, [22], 72, [2]pp. Contemp. calf with blind rules, later leather titling pieces, small wormholes in spine; small wormholes in lower margin of first leaves and in inner margins (no text affected); sewing split in middle with text partly loose and gatherings "O" and "Ee" detached. Extra engraved t.p. [dated 1655]. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    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 Académie Française, 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. Wing B614. ESTC r209109. Thomason E1444[1].

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