Louis Moreri - Le Grand dictionnaire historique - 1732

Louis Moreri - Le Grand dictionnaire historique - 1732
Geschiedenis, Naslagwerken - Aantal: 8 - Boek

A lovely copy of the famous Moreri Dictionary, in period full calfskin binding, rare in such fresh condition.

A major, monumental work, the jewel of all scholarly libraries.

New revised, corrected and enlarged edition of the Grand dictionnaire historique, complete in 6 volumes followed by the two volumes of the Supplement, published in 1735 especially for this edition. The first general edition was the only one published during the author’s lifetime, in 1664, in one folio volume.

Complete of the frontispiece engraved by Claude Duflos after Desmarets and the portrait of the author also engraved by Duflos. Text adorned with headbands and historiated initials. A few rare copies contain an out of text plate in the second volume of the Supplement, which is missing here.

Title pages in red and black.

"The literary wealth of this dictionary is not only attested by the twenty-one editions published between 1674 and 1759, but also by the great success it met with over two centuries: Victor Hugo frequently used it for the historical details in his novels. The Moréri Dictionary is still useful today as the first repertory of biographical notes, especially regarding the European history and thought of the 16th century.

"Its major challenge was to adopt an encyclopaedic point of view in dealing with topics as diverse as history, geography, genealogy and religion."

Le Grand dictionnaire historique, ou le mélange curieux de l'histoire sacrée et profane qui contient en abrégé l'histoire des dieux et des héros de l'Antiquité païenne : les vies et les actions remarquables des patriarches, empereurs, rois, princes illustres, grands capitaines, l’établissement et le progrès des ordres religieux & militaires etc.

New and final edition, revised, corrected and increased.
Published by Jacques Vincent / Pierre Augustin Le Mercier

XII + 986 pages + 1059 pages + 1008 pages + 1060 pages + 419 + 631 pages + 652 + 252 pages + 504 + 295 pages + 188 + 550 pages

Folio (26 x 40 cm).

Period glazed full calfskin bindings, spines with 6 raised bands adorned with gilded flowery compartments, morocco title and volume number labels mounted on the spine, gilded fillet rolls on the cover edges, all edges red.

Inside in very good condition, very fresh and clean, meticulously printed on high quality laid paper. Some rare signatures are a bit browned, very rare, inconsequential foxing.

Set in uniform binding, sound volumes, the leather shows some signs of wear: the crowns (except for 2) are open, the starts of cracks on the joints, mainly on the lower part of the front joints, the joints of Volume 4 and 8 are split all along the length but not detrimental to the hold of the bindings. Several damaged corners.

Provenance: from the library of Roland Jousselin (dry stamp on the half title pages).

This encyclopaedia, which was particularly rich in geographical and historical terms, created an immediate craze throughout Europe, and this success lasted for most of the century following its publication, leading to numerous reprints.

Always published in folio format, it initially consisted of a single volume, but the number of pages increased, with, for example, two volumes (separated or not, depending on the copy, into two volumes each) in 1683 for the third edition. It continued to be developed after Moréri's death, with additions about contemporary events and biographies. A total of 20 editions were published between 1674 and 1759, the last of which was published in Paris and consisted of 10 volumes.

Weight: 30 kg

Aantal boeken
Geschiedenis, Naslagwerken
Auteur/ Illustrator
Louis Moreri
Le Grand dictionnaire historique
Publicatiejaar oudste item
Eerste druk
Oorspronkelijke taal
Aantal pagina‘s.
40×26 cm
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