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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 314

    ST-EVREMOND, Charles de Marguetel de St. Denis, Sieur de (1613-1703). Oeuvres mêslées. London: Jacob Tonson, 1705.

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    ST-EVREMOND, Charles de Marguetel de St. Denis, Sieur de (1613-1703). Oeuvres mêslées. London: Jacob Tonson, 1705.

    2 volumes, 4° (285 x 220mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait by Gunst after Parmentier, engraved vignette by Cheron on both titles, engraved headpiece opening dedication incorporating the arms of the dedicatee, the Duke of Buccleuch, engraved headpiece in vol. II, type-ornaments and woodcut decorations. With the initial blank leaf in vol. II. (Light browning at beginning and end of vol. I and from Ff in vol. II, a few small stains in vol. II.) Contemporary crimson morocco panelled in gilt with corner fleurons and the Montagu arms at centre, gilt spine with Montagu crest in one compartment, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (minor rubbing at board edges, small repairs at hinges). Provenance: Ralph, 1st Duke of Montagu (bap. 1638-1709; binding, library shelflabel on endpaper) -- [Duke of Buccleuch (fly-leaf inscription citing this as the copy sold in his sale, Sotheby's, 27 March 1889, lot 875)].

    DEDICATION COPY of the first edition edited by Silvestre and Des Maizeaux from the author's manuscripts, and the first London edition. Montagu was a patron of the philosopher and playwright St.-Evremond, paying him a pension of £100 per annum. Silvestre, in his address to Montagu, states that he is following the wishes of the late author in dedicating this work to his noble patron. With a formidable wit, love of grandeur, and facility for self-advancement, Montagu welcomed his two appointments as ambassador-extraordinary to the court of Louis XIV, and it is in the style of Versailles that he had the Montagu seat of Boughton remodelled into a great English noble house. Brunet V, 39; Tchemerzine X, 100. (2)


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