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Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne. Explication de quelques difficultez sur les prieres de la messe, à un nouveau Catholique. Paris [i.e., La Haye]: La veuve de Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy; et se vend a la Haye, chez Adrian Moetjens, 1689. 12mo (13.8 cm, 5.4"). [10 (2 blank)] ff., 238 pp., [3 (2 blank)] ff. $250.00
Bossuet (1627–1704) was the bishop of Meaux, a brilliant orator, and advisor to Louis XIV. He composed these teachings on the Catholic mass in the midst of what the NCE calls the “severity of his later years”; they reflect a devoted and uncompromising faith.
This is the second edition, with the title-page imprint maintaining the same publisher and year as the first but really printed in the Netherlands, by Adrian Moetjens, although saying it is merely for sale there. This printing is even scarcer than the uncommon first: WorldCat locates => no U.S. institutional holdings of this Moetjens-sold edition. Later editions were published under the title Explication des prières de la Messe.
Brunet, I, 1136; STCN 191215252. On Bossuet, see: New Catholic Encyclopedia, II, 717–18. Original vellum over boards, title inked on spine in an early hand; vellum darkened and slightly sprung, spine title faded. Pastedowns pulling up, with short tears. Bottom outer corner of p. 217 lost (not affecting text); back free endpaper with closed tear from right margin. Pages gently age-toned throughout. => A good, solid copy. (37264) Please RESHELVE This.
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