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Item #40306 Novæ Bibliothecæ Manuscript. Librorum. Volumes I-II. Philippe LABBÉ, René RAPIN.
Novæ Bibliothecæ Manuscript. Librorum. Volumes I-II
Novæ Bibliothecæ Manuscript. Librorum. Volumes I-II

Novæ Bibliothecæ Manuscript. Librorum. Volumes I-II

Paris: Sebastian and Gabriel Cramoisy, 1657. 2 Volumes. Folio. (14 x 9 inches). Volume I: [x]4 é-ó4 A-MMMmm4. [30] [1]-808 [42]. 880 pp. Half-title, title printed red and black with large woodcut device of Cramoisy, engraved frontispiece of dedicatee Nicolaus Foucquet, who was Louis XIV's minister of state for finance, by François de Poilly after Charles de Brun, dedication, preface, half-title, table of contents, index, errata. Engraved and woodcut head and tail-pieces, historiated initials, and printer's type-ornaments throughout. Volume II: á4 é6 A-SSSss4 TTTtt6. [20] [1]-820 [68]. 908 pp. Volume title, title printed red and black with large woodcut device of Cramoisy, Syllabvs Forvm, preface, index, appendix. Marginal annotations in ink manuscript in both volumes. Text in Latin.

Volume I in contemporary mottled full calf with gilt fillets, six raised bands forming seven compartments on an elaborately gilt-tooled spine, re-backed with original laid down, gilt-lettered title in second compartment and volume number in third. Volume II in modern full leather with six raised bands forming seven blank compartments, all edges sprinkled.

Provenance: Signature of French scholar and historiographer Étienne Baluze (1630-1718), aka Stephanus Baluzius.

An awe-inducing voluminous work of early bibliography by the foundational French Jesuit historian Labbé, from the library of French 17th-century historiographer Baluze.

In these two substantial bibliographical volumes, Labbé published the contents of dozens of manuscripts he found in institutional and private libraries that were historical in nature, including works about the Saints' lives and genealogy, complemented by foci on Aquitaine and Bourges. Labbé was a French Jesuit writer on historical, geographical, and philological questions. He was an especially indefatigable bibliographer and historian. Born in Bourges, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1623, at the age of 16. After literary, philosophical, and theological studies, he taught rhetoric and philosophy. Labbé then held a chair of theology for five years. His memory was quick and retentive, his erudition extensive and accurate. He expressed his devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary in elegant Latin verse. Labbe wrote more than 80 literary, philosophical, and theological works. In the field of history, Labbé and Denis Pétau are considered the most intellectually remarkable of all French Jesuits.

BBB Wittockiana 3. OCLC 634833569.

Item #40306

Price: $1,500.00

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