Mémoires et Réflexions by LA FARE, Charles Auguste, Marquis de…

LA FARE, Charles Auguste, Marquis de (1644-1712).

Mémoires et Réflexions sur les principaux événemens du règne de Louis XIV. Et sur le caractère de ceux qui y ont eu la principale part. Par Mr. L.M.D.L.F. Nouvelle Edition, où l’on a ajoûté quelques Remarques. Amsterdam, Bernard, 1740.

New Edition. 12mo (165 x 90 mm), pp. [iv], 344, gathering H evenly browned, otherwise text good and clean, title-page in red and black, in contemporary mottled calf, joints starting to crack, spine gilt in compartments, brown morocco label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, red edges, with the hand-written booklabel of Lady Hunloke on the front pastedown.

An attractive copy of a scarce edition of these popular memories of the reign of Louis XV by Charles Auguste de la Fare, poet and roué. La Fare’s promising military career was brought to an abrupt end following a love rivalry with Louvois, then the secretary of War, over Madame de Rochefort. He turned to writing and living the epicurean life of the Paris salons, where he wrote mediocre poetry, a libretto for an opera, Panthea, and the present surprisingly accurate historical work. His friend Guillaume Amfrye de Chaulieu described him as ‘made up of feelings and pleasure, full of aimiable weakness’.

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