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Histoire des Dignitez [John Evelyn's copy]
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Author: MALINGRE, Claude [John Evelyn]
Title: Histoire des Dignitez Honoraires de France
Publisher: Cardin Besongne
Dust Jacket: No
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a4, A-Z8, 2A-2O8. John Evelyn's copy of this 1636 study of ancien régime French offices and aristocratic titles. Contemporary limp vellum, lightly discoloured, Evelyn's pen number '29' on the spine; 'Dignitez' in the same hand along the top edge of the text block and the 'JE' bookplate from the John Evelyn dispersal sale (Christie's, Mar 15, 1978, lot 956) on the front pastedown with Evelyn's shelfmark, 'S 3:29' written in ink above it (James Cummins Bookseller has Evelyn's Recueil des Places, 1630 in stock as of February 2017 with the nearby shelfmark 'S 3:7' also in Evelyn's hand). Collated and complete, the book is not otherwise annotated. As the British Library's guide puts it: 'John Evelyn came of age just as the Civil War began "in a conjunction of the greatest and most prodigious hazards that ever the youth of England saw". To escape the disturbances, he embarked on a prolonged and formative period of travel in Italy and France, finally coming to rest in Paris in 1647 where he married the daughter of the English Resident, Sir Richard Browne.' Evelyn also bought large numbers of books in Paris, many of which made their way back ultimately to his family home at Wotton and via Christchurch College, Oxford, to the regrettable sales of 1977-78 at Christies.