Six Works by Balzac in Fine Matching BindingsSix Works by Jean Louis Guez de Balzac. [Including:] Lettres Familieres... A Chapelain (1659) [with:] Les Entretiens De Feu Monsieur De Balzac (1660) [and:] Le Prince... Revev, Corrige', & augmente de nouveau par l'Autheur... (1661) [and:] Socrate Chrestien... Et Autres Oeuvres Du Mesme Autheur (1661) [and:] Les Lettres Diverses... Dernier Edition. Premiere Partie (1664) [and:] Les Oeuvres Diverses... [Including Le Barbon] (1664). Paris: Augustin Courbe [and:] Louis Billaine, 1659-1664. Twelvemos. Six volumes. a12, A-P12, Q6. , 367, ,  pages. a, e, i, o, A-R12. , 387, ,  pages. a12, A-T12, V4. , 463,  pages. , 399, ,  pages. a12, A-Q12. , 383,  pages. a2, A-S12, T2; a4, A-C12. , 436; , 59,  pages. Engraved printer's devices on title pages, extra engraved title page by Daret to Entretiens, head- and tail-pieces, and decorated initials. Fine matching contemporary calf, large armorial gilt device on all covers, boards lightly rubbed, spine banded and extra gilt, edges speckled red, signatures of "Christine Werander" [possibly, Christiana Birgitta Werander, 1691-1752?] on each title page, with signatures and scored shelf marks of "M. Gelinck?"; two volumes with spine heads chipped, occasional stains, tears and other minor flaws, but all-in-all very nice copies. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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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 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.
Tchemerzine I, 373; 424; 400; 385; 359; and 369 (Socrate other editions).
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