Hard Cover. Paris: Chez Sébastien Mabre-Cramoist, 1686. Very Good.
12mo. Second edition. Finely bound with contemporary backstrip laid down over 18th century full brown calf, boards centrally stamped in gilt with the coat of arms of the Gramont family, red speckled text block edges, red and blue marbled endpapers. A very good copy with some wear to extremities and a few scratches to boards, some recent repairs including modern endpapers, frontispiece laid down onto an inserted leaf, and title page expertly reattached, text block otherwise tight and clean. First published in 1671, this work is intended to explain the doctrines of the Catholic Church to those who are working to assimilate into the religion. A bishop best known for his passionate and eloquent sermons, Bossuet was a steadfast opponent of the Protestant Church, and promoted the idea that kings held a God-given right to power, a traditional but controversial idea in the Catholic faith. He served as the court preacher for Louis XIV of France, and a tutor to the king's son, Le Grande Dauphin. On an armorial binding, the coat of arms of a particular person or family is stamped to one or both of the boards, sometimes accompanying additional identifying information such as a bookplate. Most commonly bearing the heraldic stamp of a royal family, these bindings are found on books that were part of the respective families' libraries, as well as on books owned by members of their courts. This particular volume bears the heraldic stamp of the Gramont family, a noble family with strong ties to the French military. Notably, Catherine-Charlotte de Gramont, the Princess of Monaco, is known to have been a mistress of King Louis XIV.