Lot 24
  • 24

[Pascal, Blaise]

Estimate
6,000 - 8,000 USD
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Description

  • paper
Les Provinciales ... par Louis de Montalte ... Cologne: Pierre de la Vallée [Amsterdam: Louis & Daniel Elzevier], 1657

12mo (5 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.; 130 x 70 mm). Decorative woodcut initials; upper margin cut close. red morocco, triple fillet border, spine richly gilt with green inlaid morocco ovals in each compartment, dentelles, edges gilt, by Lortic; light wear to corners.

Provenance

"PV" (unidentified modern bookplate) — Henri Burton (bookplate)

Literature

Willems 1218; Tchemerzine IX, 70

Catalogue Note

First edition with continuous pagination, first issue of the title page. Originally published in fugitive sheets between 1656 and 1657, the present is actually the first complete edition as it includes the 18th letter (pp. 369-398) written when the volume had already been completed.
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