1789 · Paris
Massillon (1663–1742) was a noted, much admired, and greatly in demand Oratorian preacher remembered for his gentle persuasiveness. One of his most famous works is this Petit Carême, the compiled Lenten sermons which he delivered before the young King Louis XV of France in 1718. It is here in an edition of => 200 copies, a part of the series of texts printed for the education of the Dauphin.
WorldCat locates only two U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Cornell, Cleveland Public).
Binding: Contemporary red morocco, spine gilt extra with green leather gilt label and elegant tooling to top and bottom, bands, and compartments; covers with similarly elegant, well-composed gilt borders and with board edges and turn-ins gilt in complementary fashion. All edges gilt, silk bookmarker present.
Provenance: Bookplate of Bryan Stilwell.
Brunet, Supplement, 981; Graesse, IV, 439. Bound as above in excellent condition with only the lightest shelfwear and a very short tear (not advancing) at head of spine; wide-margined leaves very clean with only the lightest sort of normal foxing. => A treasurable copy. (Inventory #: 40323)