Paris: Chez Pierre Chevalier au mont sainct Hilaire, a la Court d'Albret, 1612. First edition of an important early history of Paris. Copper engraved title page; engraved initial letters and decorative borders; eleven additional engravings of various personages, including Clovis, the first Christian king, various church figures, and religious scenes of angels, clouds, kneeling figures praying, etc. Binding extremities have some minor rubbing and wear. Some light foxing, offsetting, and browning. Intermittent very light dampstaining at top margin. Ink marginalia, light pencil markings, and underlining on leaves KKk4-LLl3. Small stamp of previous owner on preliminary blank. Bookplate of Lucien Lambeau on front pastedown. Contemporary mottled calf, neatly rebacked with original gilt-tooled backstrip with red morocco label laid down. Edges stained red. Marbled endpapers. Quarto. xvi], 1310, [+17, index] pp., (with some leaves misnumbered). Item #16245
Jacques du Breul (1528-1614) was a Benedictine French monk and author. His most famous work was Le Theatre des Antiquitez des Paris, which explores the founding of the city's institutions in four books ("quatres livres"). Included in his history are the churches, chapels, and Parliament of Paris, the university and its colleges, hospitals, and the Diocese. Lucien Lambeau (1854-1927) is likely the noted French historian who specialized in the history of Paris. He was the Secretary General of the Commission du Vieux Paris, a member of the Society of Parisian History (Sociétié de l'histoire de Paris) and the Society of the Friends of Parisian Monuments (La Sociétié de Amis des Monuments Parisiens).