Hard Cover. Brussels: Éditions de la Cité Chrétienne, 1934. Very Good.
Later edition. Bound into an earlier armorial binding from the early 18th century, full red morocco, ruled in gilt with fleur-de-lis designs to corners and the coat of arms of Princess Palatine Elizabeth-Charlotte, wife of Philippe, Duke of Orleans, centrally stamped in gilt to front and rear boards. A very good copy with some wear to extremities and slight discoloration to parts of the boards, interior fine overall, some pencil notes to verso of the front free endpaper regarding the arms stamped to the binding. This book of prayers and meditations was written by Jacques Leclercq, a Catholic priest and theologian who published several books and founded the periodical La Cité chrétienne. He served as a professor at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis in Brussels. 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. The coat of arms on this particular volume belongs to Elizabeth-Charlotte of Bavaria, otherwise known as Princess Palatine. She was the second wife of Philippe, Duke d'Orleans, whose brother, King Louis XIV, held his title as ruler of France from 1643 to 1715. Notably, Princess Palatine's frequent correspondence throughout her life has contributed significant information to our modern knowledge of Louis XIV's reign.