Les hommes. Nouvelle Edition, Revûë, corrigée & augmentée par l’Auteur.

Paris: Chez les Frères Barbou, 1727. Second edition of a conduct book that first appeared in 1712. The preface states that this edition has been so greatly enlarged, reorganized and corrected that it is virtually a new book. . One inch splits along front and back joints near head of spine, binding extremities a bit worn. Old ink signature on title-page, a few small stains. A good, clean copy. Contemporary calf, gilt spine with red morocco label, edges stained red. Twelvemo. xxiv, 301, [11] pp. Item #13331

Cioranescu describes Varennes (?-1745?) as chaplain to the king and Abbé of Landévennec. In this book, he looks at the behavior of a number of fictional characters (Agenor,”petit maitre, étourdi, sans jugement”; Elvire, “fille d’une grande vertu, & qui fait par cela même tant d’[honneur à son sexe”; Utime, “homme à qui l’ambition à tourne la `tête”; etc.) in order to discuss good and bad conduct.

OCLC lists two copies, one at SUNY Buffalo and one at Linkoping Stadsbibliotek. It lists five copies of the first edition—at the Library of Congress, the Universities of Chicago and Iowa, Brown University, and the Bibliothéque Nationale du Quebec.

Price: $450.00