Hard Cover. Paris: Moutard, 1789. First Edition. Very Good.
Four volumes. First edition. Finely bound in contemporary brown marbled calf, spines decorated in gilt with brown morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, red text block edges, blue, white, and red marbled endpapers. About very good with wear to extremities and loss to spine heads, hinges starting, interiors generally clean. This historical text begins with a description of the adolescence of King Louis XIV of France. The longest reigning king in the history of France, Louis XIV inherited the throne in 1643 at only four years old, and served under the counsel of his chief minister, Cardinal Mazarin, until he was old enough to take power himself. Spanning more than 72 years, his reign saw three major wars, and a centralization of power that strengthened France's place as one of the most influential world powers. The author of the text, Louis-Pierre Anquetil, was a noted historian and theologian, most famous for his 14-volume History of France, which was said to have been commissioned by Napoleon.