Posthumous first edition, printed in London, of this work which is considered to be "Boulainvilliers' masterpiece".
Complete in 3 volumes, united in one binding. High quality marbled calfskin binding, ribbed spine adorned with a red morocco label and an elegant embossed gilded motif.
"A lively, alert, well-written work of clear thinking and captivating style, which could be subtitled 'The Ascent of the Third State' (...). After having established the nature of the parliaments of France from Charlemagne onwards and the causes that made them unsuccessful, Boulainvilliers denounced royal absolutism, which he accused of having destroyed the feudal system that ensured more freedom for the people and demanded the re-establishment of the Estates General as a control of royal power." (see Renée Simon, 'Henry de Boulainvillier', p. 145-183). The book was published on the occasion of the violent conflict between the parlements and the king in 1753. The Parlement de Paris went on strike in the judicial service, the king retaliated by exile of the parliamentarians to Pontoise and the conflict spread through the parlements of the provinces. (Simon, 'Boulainvillier', bibliography, p.145).
Boulainvilliers (Henri de) or Boulainviller
Lettres sur les anciens parlemens de France.
London, T. Wood & S. Palmer, 1753.
3 volumes in one binding (4),140 [i.e. 240] pp.;(4),240 pp. and (4), 207 pp.
Duodecimo of 17 cm.
A lovely copy, a sound and decorative volume, the leather is lightly cracked on the spine, the headcap is open, the corners are slightly blunt. Fresh and clean inside, the paper is a little browned, some inconsequential foxing.
- Aantal boeken
- Geschiedenis, Politiek
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Henri de Boulainvilliers
- Lettres sur les anciens parlemens de France.
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Eerste druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 17×9 cm