*Our shops are open Monday - Saturday. Click here for more information about visiting us, and the safety measures that have been put in place.*

BOULAINVILLIERS, Henri de.

Etat de la France,

dans lequel on voit tout ce qui regarde le gouvernment ecclesiastique, le militaire, la justice, les finances, le commerce, les manufactures, le nombre des habitans, & en general tout ce qui peut faire connôitre à fond cette Monarchie.

London, T. Wood & S. Palmer, 1727 Stock Code: 141842
£3,500.00

Reserve Ask us a question

Notes

First edition. Boulainvillier's work, an administrative survey of France, provides an essential account of the political and social structure of the Ancien Régime. As with his other historical works, published in the years following his death in 1722, Boulainvillier strongly supports the right of the parlements and nobility against the absolutism of the king, political views which had led to controversy throughout his life. The frankness with which he laid bare the causes of the financial distress of France ensured his works were often prohibited there, and most were not published until after his death, as here. His work has recently been re-evaluated as an early work of French nationalism, focusing on the nation as opposed to the kingdom, and portraying an ancient, inalienable Frankish constitution which Bourbon absolutism was undermining (Bell, The Cult of the Nation in France, pp. 57-9).

Confused? Read our glossary

Description

3 volumes, folio (348 x 222 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, expertly rebacked and recornered to style, twin red morocco labels, spines gilt in compartments, red speckled edges.

Illustrations

Engraved folding map of France in vol. I.

Condition

Second volume with bookplate of James Hamilton, Duke of Hamilton & Brandon, to front pastedown; old bookseller's descriptions loosely inserted; a few pencilled annotations to contents. Endpapers soiled, bindings without wear, contents crisp, generally clean aside from very sporadic soiling, a few very minor peripheral paper repairs and short closed tears. An excellent set.

Bibliography

ESTC T129566; INED 713; Goldsmiths' 6496; Kress 3677.

DELIVERY

With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details

 

ABOUT US

Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220


ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question

DO YOU HAVE A BOOK TO SELL?
OR
CAN’T FIND THE BOOK YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book