Hard Cover. Amsterdam: Antoinse Schelte, 1696. Very Good.
12mo. Six volumes. Early edition. Engraved title page in Vol. I. Finely bound in contemporary brown sheep with five raised bands to spines, compartments decorated in gilt, board edges tooled in gilt, red speckled text block edges, red and blue marbled endpapers, blue silk markers. About very good with wear to extremities, Vol. I with some bumps to edges and small area of insect damage to rear board and spine ends, Vol. II with insect damage to front board, rear hinge cracked but holding, some loss to spine head, Vol. III with a tiny hole in the leather covering rear board and a chip to spine head, Vol. IV with loss to spine head, front hinge cracked but holding, rear hinge starting, Vol. V very sturdy with minimal damage, Vol. VI with some insect damage to spine foot, front hinge cracked but holding, bumps to front board. Overall, a rather handsome set. This six-volume history of France was written by the scholar François Eudes de Mézeray, a member of the Académie Française who in 1649 was named Historiographer to the King of France under Louis XIV. Beginning with the reign of King Faramund from the year 365 to 430, the text describes the history of France in a timeline that spans more than a thousand years, ending with the reign of King Henry IV, who died in 1610. Notably, this text is regarded as one of the most comprehensive histories of France, and was reprinted at least a dozen times in the first thirty years after its first publication.