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FOUQUET, Nicolas (1615-1680) -- Histoire d'Espagne. - Histoire de France. Manuscript on paper, French, mid 17th-century, 132 leaves, 12° (120 x 75mm), written in black ink in an elegant cursive hand (light soiling, small wormhole affecting a few leaves). 17th-century French reddish-brown morocco, sides with interlaced panels, corner fleurons, and central wreath cartouche with Fouquet monogram, flat spine panelled, gilt edges. Provenance: Paris, Library of the Jesuits (binding) -- L'Hermitte (18th-century inscription) -- I.T. (bookplate with the motto 'Inter Folia Fructus').

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FOUQUET, Nicolas (1615-1680) -- Histoire d'Espagne. - Histoire de France. Manuscript on paper, French, mid 17th-century, 132 leaves, 12° (120 x 75mm), written in black ink in an elegant cursive hand (light soiling, small wormhole affecting a few leaves). 17th-century French reddish-brown morocco, sides with interlaced panels, corner fleurons, and central wreath cartouche with Fouquet monogram, flat spine panelled, gilt edges. Provenance: Paris, Library of the Jesuits (binding) -- L'Hermitte (18th-century inscription) -- I.T. (bookplate with the motto 'Inter Folia Fructus').

Handsome French manuscript BOUND FOR THE LIBRARY OF THE JESUITS IN PARIS AND TOOLED WITH THE MONOGRAM OF NICOLAS FOUQUET. Fouquet, Viscount of Melun and Vaux, Marquis of Belle-Isle, and superintendent of Finance under Louis XIV, was one of the richest and most powerful men in France. His wealth, dubious financial transactions, and the splendour of his sumptuous entertainments in his magnificent Château de Vaux sealed his fate: Louis XIV had him sentenced to life imprisonment at Pignerol in 1665, where he eventually died. Fouquet was a great bibliophile and bestowed a perpetual annuity to the Jesuits in Paris to augment their library; books purchased from this fund were stamped with Fouquet's monogram. The history of Spain in this manuscript goes up to 1580, while the History of France ends with the murder of Henry IV in 1610 and the accession to the throne of Louis XIII. Olivier 1398, fer 4; Guigard II, 223-224.

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