1704 Scarce First English Edition ~ Charles Perrault, Characters Historical and Panegyrical of the Greatest Men that have appeared in France. Volume I.
Author: Charles Perrault.
Title: Characters Historical and Panegyrical of the Greatest Men that have appeared in France during the Last Century. Volume I.
Publisher: London, for Bernard Lintott, 1704. Complete Volume 1. (Volume 2 was published one year after in 1705). First English Edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7.5 "X 5 ".
Pages: 221 pages + publisher's catalog.
Binding: Attractive and very good, contemporary full calf leather binding (hinges partly cracked but still very tight and secure, overall worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. All edges gilt.
Content: Very good content (tight, and clean, general toning of pages - as shown).
Estimate: (Scarce with no or few other copies available for sale worldwide).
The book: Scarce First English Edition of Perrault's Characters Historical and Panegyrical of the Greatest Men that have appeared in France during the Last Century. "Les Hommes Illustres qui ont paru en France pendant ce Siècle" (Volume 1) by Charles Perrault includes biographical sketches and eulogies of several notable French men of the 17th century. A few of the great men featured in the first volume include:
--Cardinal Richelieu (Armand-Jean du Plessis) - A French clergyman and statesman who played a significant role in the politics of France during the reign of Louis XIII, ultimately becoming the chief minister of the king.
--Pierre Corneille - A prominent French playwright, often considered the founder of French classical tragedy, known for his works such as "Le Cid," "Horace," and "Polyeucte."
--Jean-Baptiste Colbert - A French statesman and chief financial advisor to Louis XIV who instituted numerous economic reforms and administrative improvements during his tenure.
--Jean de La Fontaine - A renowned French poet and fabulist, best known for his "Fables," which are collections of moral tales featuring anthropomorphized animals as their main characters.
These are just a few examples of the illustrious individuals included in the first volume of Perrault's "Les Hommes Illustres qui ont paru en France pendant ce Siècle." The work highlights the significant achievements and contributions made by these individuals to French society during the 17th century.
The author: Charles Perrault (12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703) was a French author and member of the Académie française. He laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) and La Barbe bleue (Bluebeard). Some of Perrault's versions of old stories may have influenced the German versions published by the Brothers Grimm 200 years later. The stories continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet (such as Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty), theatre, and film. Perrault was an influential figure in the 17th-century French literary scene, and was the leader of the Modern faction during the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns.
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