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La Rochefoucauld, François, duc de.  Maximes et réflexions morales du duc de la Rochefoucauld. Parme: De L'Imprimerie Bodoni, 1811. Large 4to (32.1 cm, 12.6"). [10], xxxii, 175, [1] pp.
$1,750.00

Bodoni edition of a classic of the genre: Rochefoucauld's dry, pragmatic observations on human nature — at the time of this printing, a mandatory entry in any well-bred philosopher's library. Bodoni produced two separate editions in this same year, the present example being => one of only 255 copies printed in the quarto format, which Brooks considers equally attractive as that in folio.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with small oval blue-paper label lmbossed in gold with a monogram of "PB," and with bookplates of Robert Wayne Stilwell and Brian Stilwell.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only four U.S. libraries (Wesleyan, Boston University, Johns Hopkins, The Bridwell) reporting ownership of this quarto format edition.

Brooks 1105; Brunet, III, 846; De Lama, II, 199; Giani 199 (p. 77). Contemporary quarter vellum and Bodoni orange paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-ruled bands and gilt-stamped leather title and date labels; corners and edges much rubbed, sides with light scuffing, vellum slightly darkened. Bookplates as above; front free endpaper with small oval of offsetting from monogram label. Light foxing as expectable, pages overall giving a clean, fresh impression.  (40200)   Please RESHELVE This.


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