Hard Cover. London, 1782. Near Fine.
24mo. Three volumes. Finely bound in tan mottled calf, boards triple-ruled in gilt, spines decoratively stamped in gilt with gray leather spine labels lettered in gilt, board edges and turn-ins gilt, text block edges gilt, red and blue marbled endpapers. A near fine set with just a touch of rubbing to extremities, bookplate of Philibert Bruys de Gardes to each volume, Vol. II with minor repair to bottom of front joint. Overall, a beautiful set. A French dramatist, Jean Racine is best known for his tragedies, which include Phedre (1677), Andromaque (1667), and Athalie (1691). Influenced by the Greek tragedy form as well as his own Christian ideals, Racine's work is largely regarded as the embodiment of neoclassicism. Notably, Racine was a member of the court of Louis XIV, appointed as royal historiographer around 1670 and eventually working his way up to the title of secretary of the king in 1696.