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MASSILLON, JEAN-BAPTISTE. EVEQUE DE CLERMONT - Sermons Nouveaux Sur Les Verites le Plus Interessantes de la Religion / Nouvelle Edition / Revue, Corrigee Et Augmentee

Avignon, France, Chez Louis Chambeau, 1776. Hardcover. pp. 555.12mo,,Bound in full leather, with marbled endpapers,Massillon (1663-1742) was a French Catholic bishop and famous preacher, who served as Bishop of Clermont from 1717 until his death. He preached for several years before King Louis XIV, and one of his sermons, 'On the Fewness of the Elect', was considered a masterpiece. The king is said to have remarked that he had been pleased with his court preachers before, but when he heard Massillon preach he was dissatisfied with himself. In 1718, he preached to the young Louis XV a series of ten sermons, urging upon him and his court the obligation of morality and just government. These sermons became his most famous work. The Wycliffe Biographical Dictionary of the Church notes (p. 268) that 'his sermons were of such beautiful style that they comprise some of the finest in French literature.' Each is bound in full leather etched in the French style of the period with the spine in compartments, five raised bands, and marbled endpapers. Thus copy has been de-accessioned from two religious libraries, and shows the usual markings. The boards are quite worn, especially at the edges, and the front joint is tender, but holding. Contents quite bright aand tightly-bound. Head and tail-pieces to each sermon and rubricated first letters.
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 22.5 | CHF 24.5] N°. du livre 9900044440

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