1740 · Paris
Les plus belles Maximes de la Morale sont representées par divers Exemples Historiques, qui peuvent servir à conduire nos passions, à pratiquer la Vertu, & fuir les Vices": reflections on morality, anecdotally illustrated. Puget de la Serre (1594–1665), librarian to Gaston, Duke of Orléans, was a prolific author and playwright. His Vie Heureuse, first published anonymously in 1658, enjoyed a fair amount of popularity in its day, going through a number of 17th- and 18th-century French editions as well as making an English appearance under the title Ethica Christiana: Or, the School of Wisdom. This 1740 printing seems to be the final 18th-century edition; it is nicely printed, with a number of head- and tailpieces.
Provenance: Title-page with early inked ownership inscription of a member of the von und zu Ratzenried family.
Barbier, IV, 1022 (for the 1701 ed.). Contemporary sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-framed compartments; binding moderately worn and scuffed, front cover with small area of worming. All edges stained red. Two pieces of dried plant matter laid in. Unobtrusive pencilled marks of emphasis in margins, pages otherwise clean. (Inventory #: 40247)