SÉVIGNÉ, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de.

The Letters of Madame De Sévigné.

With an Introduction by A. Edward Newton; [together with a document signed by Louis XIV].

Philadelphia: J. P. Horn & Company, 1927 Stock Code: 139107
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With a document signed by Louis XIV

The Carnavalet Edition, number 20 of 1,550 copies only, here including a document signed by Louis XIV. Whitman Bennett bound a number of sets in the same style, either through agreement with the publishers or as an offering to subscribers, but we could trace no other set which included a similar document. The document, dated 2 May 1698 and signed by Louis XIV at Versailles, honours Charles de Cartigny for 21 years of service to the King. An unusual offering, yet a fitting pairing - the letters of the French aristocrat Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné (1626-1696) are a significant contemporary source for the life of France in the reign of Louis XIV.

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7 text volumes (238 x 158 mm), together with a uniform book-form slipcase and chemise enclosing a vellum manuscript. All volumes finely bound by Whitman Bennett of New York, in contemporary reddish-purple morocco, titles and decorations in gilt to spines, central armorial medallions in gilt to front covers, elaborate frames in gilt to covers, gilt decorations to turn-ins, purple and gilt pastepaper endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.


Illustrated with frontispieces, portraits, views, and facsimile letters.


Vellum document with short tear along foot, somewhat age brittle. Spines lightly sunned, small chip at head of spine of vol. II, occasional light rubbing to corners and joints. An excellent set.


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