Paris: Les Libraires Associés, 1786.
First edition. xxxii, 664 pp., parallel text in Latin and French. 12mo. Contemporary French “reliure de deuil” of black morocco, covers stamped in blind with arms of Louis-Philippe, duc d’Orleans (variant of Olivier 2577, fer 7), flat spine in six compartments, titled in gilt in one compartment, the rest with repeat tooling centering on a large cross tool, a.e.g., gilt turn-ins, pink pastepaper endsheets. Fine Provenance: Louis-Philippe II, duc d’Orleans (1747-1793, aka Philippe Egalité); Louis Philippe, king of the French (1773-1850, ‘Bibliotheque du Chateau d’Eu’ stamp to title). Item #267083
First edition of this version of the Office for the two weeks preceding Easter, with portions of the Paris Missal and Breviary, beautifully bound for the duc d’Orleans.
Louis Philippe II, duc d’Orléans, better known as Philippe Egalité, was a member of the main cadet branch of the House of Bourbon, and one of the richest men in France. Despite his outspoken support for the revolution (he voted in favour of guillotining his cousin, Louis XVI) he was himself guillotined during the Reign of Terror. His eldest son, Louis Philippe, after a series of adventures and reversals of fortune worthy of a Dumas novel, was crowned King of the French in 1830. He used the Chateau d’Eu as a summer residence, until his abdication in 1848. He spent the rest of his life in exile in England.
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