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PERRAULT (CHARLES) Parallèle des anciens et des...

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PERRAULT (CHARLES) Parallèle des anciens et des modernes, en ce qui regarde les arts et les sciences Dialogues. With the poem of the century of Louis the Great, and an epistle in verse on genius. Paris, Jean-Baptiste Coignard, 1688. In-12, [20] ff, 252 pp, 32 pp, 1 bl. f., 8 pp (numbered 27 to 34), [1] f., marbled calf, spine ribbed and decorated, spotted edges (Binding of the time). Tchemerzine IX, 169. Rare first edition of this major work by Perrault, at the origin of the Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes. The reading of the Siècle de Louis le Grand (1687) at the Académie Française raised a polemic to which Charles Perrault responded by publishing this Parallèle, not so much to answer the various criticisms as, as he specifies in his preface, to "disabuse those who thought that my Poëme was only a play on the mind, that it did not contain my true feelings. Copy complete of the errata leaf. Small tears at the foot, spines split. Scratch marks on the title.

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