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1 CAPTAIN DE LA CONTARDIERE 1694 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER OUTLINING THE MALADIES OF THE ARMY OF KING LOUIS XIV FROM THE SOON TO BE FAMOUS HERO OF THE SIEGE OF ENTREVAUX
ENTREVAUX FRANCE 1694 Very Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a superb manuscript letter dated 29th of September Entrevaux handwritten by the noted Captain de la Contardiere interesting letter on a variety of military subjects: the King's ordnances being stolen, a Council of War, a large number of maladies besetting the King's army, issues with a particular Lieutenant Colonel in the Regiment etc. De la Contardiere is famous for his defense of Entrevaux in 1704. The historical background is fascinating: King Louis XIV of France having accepted the throne of Spain for his grandson, Philippe of Anjou, found himself in war against Austria, England, Holland and the Duchy of Savoy. These events are known as "The War of the Spanish Succession: 1701 to 1713". The army of the Duke of Savoy, Victor-Amedee was mobilized to invade Provence. The garrisons of the forts of Entraunes and Rabbets, in its possession, were reinforced. The English fleet under Admiral Rook blocked Antibes, preventing with the French reinforcements of the Le chevalier de Damas from returning to Entrevaux with artillery. Le chevalier de Blaignac with 1,500 Savoyard troops and two fauconneaux [small field guns] went up the valley of Estéron and placed his seige at Entrevaux, which was defended by a valorous soldier, the Captain de la Contardiere, a friend of Vauban [the great expert on fortifications]. The new fortifications, which were not completely finished, were to stand the test of fire on June 7, 1704. The artillery of the fortress was not yet in place. The bourgeois garrison and militia had ten arquebuses with hooks, in addition to the individual armament. The enemy army occupied the plateauxs of Pigière and Closes dominating Entrevaux. They did not have siege cannons, as they were too heavy to be transferred onto the bad mountain lanes. On June 14, after one week of siege, to relieve the pressure, de la Contardiere decided to carry out a night attack, which was a total success. A breach was opened in the palisade surrounding the Savoyard camp. The impetuous attack of the Entrevalais causes a rout of the enemies, who, although superior of number, flew towards Seds. 8.5" x 7", overall VG. 
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2 CURE FRANCOISE ADAM et al 1656 ANCIENT HAND WRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT WITH FIVE (5) BOLD SIGNATURES MOST NOTABLY THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH OF MAGNY
NEVERS FRANCE 1656 Manuscript Very Good French 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Autograph
On offer is an original handwritten ancient document signed by five individuals most notably Monsieur le curé François Adam, curé de l'église de Magny", or "Mr François Adam, pastor of the church of Magny'. The document concerns among other things, the payment of a number of Masses to be said and specifies Nevers and Roux. VG. 
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3 DELONGCHAMPS et al 1681 HANDWRITTEN MULTIPLE AUTOGRAPH DETAILED FINANCIAL DOCUMENT SUPERB ILLUSTRATED 'PETIT PAPIER' REVENUE STAMP
France 1681 Manuscript Good 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Autograph
Dated January 3rd, 1681, ancient document with a number of signatures though Delongchamps is the only dechiperable, relating to the revenues of the Generalite d'Alecon. Very fine illustrated revenue. Slightly fragile and some chips and small tears 
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4 FAUBIER ?? 1662 HANDWRITTEN MULTIPLE SIGNATURE MARRIAGE CONTRACT AND FAMILIAL BONDING IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE - WOMAN TAKEN AS CHATTEL?
France 1662 Manuscript Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall Autograph
A small inscription on this eight [8] page skin parchment states that on June 16th 1662, this document acts as a contract, division of wealth and an act of recognizance that validates the marriage of George deMadeline and Jeanne Duportail. The document is bound by thread. The document is signed by witnesses and a functionary (Faubier ??). Though a short document this apparently binds the relationship of the two families and the tone appears that the woman appears to be as if chattel. 
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5 GERALDI CAUAILBER c1600s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LATIN BOOK: LOGICA METAPHISICA et THEOLOGIA NATURALIA ex libris CHATEAU DE POINTIS
1699 Full-Leather Good Latin 6.25 X 5.5 X 2 IN. 
On offer is a superb 17th Century handwritten Latin manuscript book: "Logica Metaphisica et Theologia Naturalia" ex libris "Chateau de Pointis". In three parts: 1) Ad Universam Philosophiam; 2) Philosophia Trancendantalis Seu Metaphisica; 3) Theologia Naturalis. Stunning, though flawed spine missing 3 inches of the leather gilt ornamented cap, severe rubbing to the edges, is illustrated with several flourishes in the 396 hand numbered pages, including 7 pages of manuscript index, 7 full page engraved [by Du Bois and C. Galle] plates. The work of an unnamed scrivener, nice calligraphic hand throughout the title page names one 'Geraldi Cavailher' who may have been the original author or indeed the scrivener though this is unlikely. Some spotting, some staining but overall G. 
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6 In the Name of KING CHARLES II 1681 LAND GRANT TO NOTED SCOTTISH JURIST, AUTHOR AND PROMINENT POLITICAL SCOTSMAN JAMES DALRYMPLE, 1st VISCOUNT OF STAIR
EDINBURGH SCOTLAND 1681 Unbound Very Good Latin Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall 
On offer is an excellent skin charter being a land grant from Charles II to well-noted jurist James Dalrymple, 1st Viscount of Stair, Scotland with mentions the Dukes of Rothes and Lauderdale, who were also prominent Scotsmen. Dalrymple was famed not only for his legal judgments but also he was a prominent character in Scotland's history having been involved in the negotiations between Charles and the Scottish Parliament. This grant was given at Edinburgh on the 10th of December 1680, absent of seals. There is another note on the back of the parchment to say that the charter was written at Edinburgh on the second of March 1681, suggesting the deal was struck in December but that the charter was not actually drawn up until the next March. Historically the Charters falls squarely between the Restoration period and when he was prominent until his sympathy with the Covenanters at the time of the Scottish Test Act caused him to lose (1681) his appointment as judge. The note giving March as the date for the writing of the charter appears to be in the same hand as the charter itself. Dalyrymple was a fascinating Scotsman who found himself on one side or the other of the Scottish-English political scene but was well considered. Sir Walter Scott observe that the Viscount of Stair was fortunate in his descendants. "The family of Dalrymple, produced within two centuries as many men of talent, civil and military, of literary, political and professional eminence, as any house in Scotland." Folded to a small 12mo. Save for some general soiling this ancient document is VG. 
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7 LIEUTENANT PARTICULIER, RAPPORTEUR 1666 PRINTED 'FACTUM' TRIAL DOCUMENT SUMMARIZING FINDINGS OF AN EXPERT IN HANDWRITING REGARDING THE WILLS AND LAST TESTAMENTS OF FRANCOIS GIBERT, A HERO OF THE BATTLES BETWEEN THE DUTCH AND THE ENGLISH IN JUNE OF 1666
France 1666 Very Good+ Manuscript 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Lieutenant Particulier relates in this printed 'Factum' the legal dealings of a trial contesting the validity of the last wills and testaments of Francois Gibert who died a hero of the battles between the Dutch and English in June of 1666. A handwriting expert, Louis Auuynet, states that one will is a forgery and the other legitimate. autograph at the top by Auuynet of Courval with what appears to be a file number. VG+. 
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8 MASTER DUPLESSIS, MASTER DELAURIER 1662 ANCIENT HAND WRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT WITH SEVEN (7) BOLD SIGNATURES
France None 1662 Manuscript Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Autograph
Beautifully penned, one page, both sides written upon, boldly signed legal/financial document referencing legal obligations and monies owed and required by the signatory parties. Additional signatures require further research. 
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9 Monsieur Herve, Rapporteur 1669 LOUIS XIV PARDONS AND PROVIDES ABSOLUTION TO CRIMINALS SENTENCED TO DEATH
France 1669 Good Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a very interesting 4 page printed proclamation cancelling the death sentence of 2 criminals. The text goes to great lengths to explain the Sun King's absolution of the affair. Some signs of yellowing but some loss to the bottom left corner with some loss of words but not many. G. 
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10 PECQUOT, UNIVERSITY OF AVIGNON 1682 UNIVERSITY OF AVIGNON PAMPHLET CONFIRMING PRIVILEGES AND THE ARRESTS OF MANY NOTABLES
France 1682 Manuscript Fair 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Autograph
Some staining and damage to the lower edge, loss of perhaps twenty words this ancient document, "CONFIRMATION DES PRIVILEGES POUR L'UNIVERSITE D'AVIGNON, 1649", THIS EDITION 1682. The document starts with an 'oath' that dates back to the 14th Century attesting to the nature and responsibilities of the University. This document also lists the arrests of Jean Baptiste de Tonduty, Seigneur de Blauvac and several other prominent persons including doctors also citing counties and registrars of the Government responsible for this matter. Interestingly enough there is a hotel named for Baptiste in Blauvac to this day having been founded in 1664. 
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11 THE BARONNIE DE DIGOINE 1671 TWO HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENTS FROM THE BARONNIE DE DIGIONE WITH VERY FINE REVENUE
France 1671 Manuscript Good+ 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Autograph
Referred to as "Folio 36" this ancient document details all the names owing seigniorial dues owed to the Baronnie of Digione in 1671. It is stamped in Dijon and both have a notation requiring copies to Antoine also known as "Canault au Choumoy". 
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12 THREE MEMBER JUDICIAL COUNCIL 1603 HANDWRITTEN LEGAL JUDGEMENT AFTER 26 YEARS OF PROCEEDINGS: POSSIBLE ESTABLISHMENT OF NOBLE LINE AND ESTATE
Paris, France 1603 Manuscript Good Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is an ancient, very interesting, medieval French document that ends a 26 year long legal battle. Deliberated in Paris in 1603 the document ends with three affixed signatures of the members of a council formed in June of 1577. The document states the problems between various individuals and the resultant end with the status of revenues and properties. This document is written in middle-French that lists names of various noble families. Much is left unsaid but given the use of the language and mention of nobility this may possibility be an establishment of estates or other revenues. Certainly an ancient work worthy of further research. 
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13 UNIDENTIFIED 1665 ANCIENT HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT REGARDING ANDORRA
EUROPE ANDORRA [ANDORRE] 1665 Very Good+ Folio - over 12" - 15" tall Autograph
On offer is a superb, ancient handwritten document with beautiful calligraphy. Casual reading finds reference to the ancient principality of Andorra but given the incredible history of Andorra this document requires further research. Three signatures include Brousse, the other two illegible. The document has a few slight faults along the old fold lines and a few words have been crossed out. Overall G. 
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14 UNIDENTIFIED 1677-1678 TREASURE OF CALLIGRAPHIC ARTS AND PERHAPS A BLUDGEON OF LEGAL MALFEASANCE AND EXTORTION
East Langton Market Harborough Leicestershire UK 1678 Fine Latin Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is a superb 17th century relic of to historians and collectors of legal matters, jurisprudence and 'lawyering' being a nine [9] page handwritten manuscript document from the reign of Charles II, circa 1677-1678. This fine paper document is an agreement settling a lawsuit. Stunning calligraphy in Latin over 9 folio-sized pages details the large number of people involved in the suit. The plaintiffs, Mary Phesaunt and John Bordman, have brought the case against a large number of defendants and that the defendants are to recognize certain specified pieces of land as belonging to the plaintiffs in perpetuity, and the agreement serves as proof or receipt that the plaintiffs paid 100 pounds sterling to the defendants for the land. This stunning manuscript may or may not have been a ficitious lawsuit as was quite common in the era. Given the lack of honorifics these were 'regular' folks appear to be using a legal bludgeon for profit. Lovers of bindery arts will find the 'file binding', being a little strip of parchment that is wound through the holes of the paper to hold the sheets together of interest but given the fact that the document is circa mid half of the 17th century the unique watermarks place the paper from Auvergne, France circa 1580-1590! Legal malfeasance via predatory lawsuits was not uncommon in the era and this appears to be a superb example in very fine condition. Written in superb medieval calligraphy one can make out East Langton, a small village in the Langtons near Market Harborough Leicestershire. This manuscript has been folded in half and a shallow fold in the quarters. F. 
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15 UNIDENTIFIED c. 17th CENTURY HANDWRITTEN ORIGINAL LATIN PHILOSOPHY MANUSCRIPT: LOGICA - SYNTAGMA PHILOSOPHICUM & TRACTATUS SECUNDUS DE UNIVERSALIBUS
Original Vellum Good+ Latin 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a superb, original handwritten c. 17th century Latin manuscript book titled "LOGICA". This 340 pp handwritten manuscript is in two [2] sections "SYNTAGMA PHILOSOPHICUM", consists of 80 pp followed by a blank page, then "TRACTATUS SECUNDUS DE UNIVERSALIBUS" being 260 handwritten pages. Research suggests this book was a commission to a scribe of o no small talents copying the famed philosophical work by Pierre Gassendi, [1592-1655] of the same title SYNTAGMA PHILOSOPHICUM which was posthumously published in 1658. Alternatively there is also a 14th century work by John Wyclif entitled DE LOGICA and who wrote a subsequent work entitled TRACTATUS DE UNIVERSALIBUS. Further study will certainly provide full answers to the work. This book is 6" x 8 3/8" bound in full period vellum. The first 40 pages have some light stains along left hand margins with the bottom corner of the first page chipped off with no loss of text, the vellum is a bit soiled, binding is fairly tight, so overall G+. 
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16 UNIDENTIFIED SIGNATURE 1668 HANDWRITTEN SIGNED PARCHMENT LEGAL/FINANCIAL DOCUMENT BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN DURING THE REIGN OF LOUIS XIV
France 1668 Manuscript Very Good 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall Autograph
Beautifully penned, one small page, parchment (skin), boldly signed but hard to make out, legal/financial document referencing legal obligations and monies owed. Signatures require further research. 
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1685 ORIGINAL ANCIENT ENGLISH ROYAL WARRANT HANDWRITTEN A MERE FOUR DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF CHARLES II AND IN THE NAME OF THE NEW KING JAMES II GIFTS AND LARGESSE ARE SHOWERED ON HIS FAMILY AND RETAINERS, UNIDENTIFIED.
17 UNIDENTIFIED. 1685 ORIGINAL ANCIENT ENGLISH ROYAL WARRANT HANDWRITTEN A MERE FOUR DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF CHARLES II AND IN THE NAME OF THE NEW KING JAMES II GIFTS AND LARGESSE ARE SHOWERED ON HIS FAMILY AND RETAINERS
England 1685 Fair Manuscript Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is an original, fascinating though flawed historically significant ancient 1685 manuscript. Dated and signed February 10th 1685 handwritten a mere four days after the death of Charles II, referencing the new king James II two months prior to his coronation at Westminster Abbey by and for the British Royal Postal Service being a Royal warrant and division of financial profits of the British post office to Prince George among other notables. The 44 page document begins: "Our Will And Pleasure Is That You Prepare A Bill For Our Royall Signature To Pass Our Great Seale Of England in the words or to the effect following, James the Second and to all to whom these presents shall come Greetings. Whereas in pursuance of and according to a …. Covenant and agreement I will part …in accordance articles relating to the marriage and solemnized between our dearly beloved son in law Prince George hereditary of Denmark and our dearly beloved daughter Anne Princess of Denmark his wife for the selling of the yearly…of 5,000 pounds of lawful English money out of the …and profit of the post office or general letter office of office of the post general and the yearly sum of 5,000 pounds more of like money part of the 24,000 pounds…to pay….." Historians and researchers will agree this document superbly outlines the wheels of governance and greed, patronage and politics will out as the new king doles out to his own and immediately showers those he favors with wealth. While the document has suffered in its 400+ years having signs of old water damage, chipping around the edges and someone's attempt at a repair with tape many, many years ago the significance of the manuscript is divine given the year was monumentally important in British history: the death of Charles II; his brother, Roman Catholic James Stuart, Duke of York, becomes King James II and his Coronation at Westminster Abbey; the Monmouth Rebellion; The Battle of Sedgemoor; the death of Monmouth and Elizabeth Gaunt who was burned at the stake at Tyburn for alleged complicity in the Rye House Plot and notably she is the last woman executed for political treason in England and much more. The last page with signatures is one of the more damaged and the top half in better shape but sadly the signatures are not legible as there is a one inch diameter fault likely from a seal. Overall Fair. 
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18 UNKNOWN 1606 SUPERB DOCUMENT WITH GOTHIC CALLIGRAPHY HANDWRITTEN DURING THE REIGN OF HENRI IV REGARDING ARMENIANS POPULATION OF EUROPE NOTABLY THE FAMED SEYNE [SEINE] FAMILY
Europe 1606 Good+ Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a superb two-page on four leaves ancient gothic document. Cursory research finds that this 1606 document written during the reign of Henri IV specifically refers to the Armenian population of Europe and makes mention of the famed Seyne [sometimes Seine] family of Armenians and the town named after them. Very rare as such. A photocopy of notes regarding the document in French accompany the original. 
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19 UNKNOWN. 1647 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY FRAGMENT TRANSCRIBED c1680s DESCRIBING THE MEANS AND METHODS OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS THEY OBSERVE
THE NEW WORLD MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY [?] 1680 Good+ Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a fascinating, original, very early manuscript relic of America's early settlers and their observations of the New World being a later 17th Century diary fragment relating to indigenous American Indians that the early settlers were introduced to. The extraordinary, lengthy 7.25 x 9.5 inch clipping is backed by an additional thin layer of paper mounted onto a larger, almost 9" x 12" sheet of modern paper is dated 1647 and provides a fascinating glimpse at Pilgrim observations of the native population in the rugged New World (likely the Massachusetts Bay Colony). The early manuscript is devoted exclusively to the activities and behaviour of Native American Indians, particularly their methods of hunting and fishing. Included is a reference to the "Powawes" an early term used to describe Indians who practiced forms of magic. Neatly penned in an unknown cursive hand, the clipping appears to be a slightly later yet contemporary transcription (c.1685) of the original diary entry, made in an effort to help preserve the writings. Here are snippets: "The Indian people in these parts at the English first coming, were very barbarous and uncivilized, going for the most part naked, although the country be extreme cold in the winter-season: they are only clothed with a Deer skin, and a little bit of cloth to cover their privy part. The Women for the most part are very modest, although they go as naked as the Men; they are generally very laborious at their planting time, and the Men extraordinary idle, making their squawes to carry their Children and the luggage beside; so that many times they travell eight or ten mile, with a burden on their backs, more fitter for a horse to carry than a woman. The men follow no kind of labour but hunting, fishing and fowling, in all which they make use of their Bowe and Arrowes to shoot the wilde creatures of the Trees, as Squirrells, gray and black Rockoones; as for Deer they ordinarily catch them in traps, with a pole bent down, and a Cord at the end, which flyes up and stayes their hasty course. Bever, Otter, and Moose they catch with Traps also; they are very good marks-men, with their Bowe and Arrowes. Their Boyes will ordinarily shoot fish with their Arrowes as they swim in the shallow Rivers, they draw the Arrow halfe way putting the point of it into the water they let flye and strike the fish through; the like they do to Birds lesser and great: onely the Geese and Turkies, being strong of wing somtimes flee away with their Arrowes sticking in them; this is all the trade they use, which makes them destitute of many necessaries, both in meat, drink, apparell and houses. As for any religious observation, they were the most destitute of any people yet heard of, the Divel having them in very great subjection, not using craft to delude them, as he ordinarily doth in most parts of the World: but kept them in a continuall slavish fear of him: onely the Powawes, who are more conversant with him, then any other, sometimes recover their sicke folk with charmes, which they use, by the help of the Divell." HISTORICAL NOTES: One online source provides: Massachusetts Bay Colony was an English settlement on the east coast of North America (Massachusetts Bay) in the 17th century, in New England, situated around the present-day cities of Salem and Boston. The territory administered by the colony included much of present-day central New England, including portions of the U.S. states of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Territory claimed but never administered by the colonial government extended as far west as the Pacific Ocean. The colony was founded by the owners of the Massachusetts Bay Company, which included investors in the failed Dorchester Company, which had in 1623 established a short-lived settlement on Cape Ann. The second attempt, the Massachusetts Bay Colony begun in 1628, was successful, with about 20,000 people migrating to New England in the 1630s. The population was strongly Puritan, and its governance was dominated by a small group of leaders who were strongly influenced by Puritan religious leaders. Although its governors were elected, the electorate were limited to freemen, who had been examined for their religious views and formally admitted to their church and also to their houses with self-control. As a consequence, the colonial leadership exhibited intolerance to other religious views, including Anglican, Quaker, and Baptist theologies. Although the colonists initially had decent relationships with the local native populations, frictions arose over cultural differences, which were further exacerbated by Dutch colonial expansion. These led first to the Pequot War (1636-1638), and then to King Philip's War (1675-1678), after which most of the natives in southern New England had been pacified, killed, or driven away." Mild toning, minor spotting, smudging, horizontal fold near end, generally clean with ink bold and legible throughout. Overall VG. 
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20 UNKNOWN. 1650s ORIGINAL MASSIVE MANUSCRIPT EFFORT DETAILING THE REIGN OF LOUIS THE XIII AND HIS LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR DOMINATION OF FRANCE UNDER HIS SON LOUIS THE XIV
Paris FRANCE 1650 Full-Leather Very Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a simply superb, ancient, mid 17th Century manuscript book titled "Suitte du memorial on recueil de l'histoire de France, Louis treizeime", an epic 750+ page handwritten history of the reign of Louis XIII from the condemnation of his father's assassination in 1610 to his own death in 1643. The work, written in what is likely a 16th Century French monastic or ecclesiastical style hand, was created after the death of Louis XIII and in its writing shows the foundations laid for a clear path to domination of France by Louis XIV. The book appears to be an unpublished final manuscript prepared for publication as there are corrections and marginalia notes. The front pastedown boasts a contemporary Parisian ownership inscription to the top left and then centered below is the bookplate of John Smith Budgen Esq. The 23 x 16 cm. book has 377 hand numbered leaves with writing on both sides of the leaf for over 750 pages. The book is covered in 17th Century French calf and gilt, is rubbed and worn including hinges, stamped spine 'Histoire de France' in gilt, six compartments. Overall VG. 
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