[Marie de Rabutin-Chantal Sévigné, Marquise de] SEVIGNIANA / OU / RECUEIL / DE PENSÉES INGÉNIEUSES, /D’Anecdotes Littéraires, Historiques / & Morales, TIRÉES DES LETTRES / DE MADAME LA MARQUISE / DE SEVIGNÉ ; / Avec des Remarques pour l’intelligence / du Texte. A GRIGNAN : M. DCC. LVI. First edition. [1 blank ; viii ; 398 pages ; 1 blank ; Fautes à corriger dans les Notes, verso blank ; ERRATA, verso blank ; 1 blank] 12mo. 13.5 cm x 8.3 cm. Bound in dark calf with a wavy ferrous sulfate-induced pattern, with a sprinkled text block. The quality of the paper is fine. The front cover is slightly sprung. The spine is gilt decorated.
Abbé Pierre Barral edited these excerpts taken from the letters of Madame la Marquise de Sévigné written to her daughter to inform her as well as to teach her. The observations committed to paper were wide-ranging, and the letters included the views of Louis XIV as given to Madame la Marquise de Sévigné by Louis XIV, himself, on various subjects and people, like Racine, Corneille, Boileau and la Bruyère. The footnotes of Barral are very useful.
There is a paper flaw pp 49-50, with a partial loss of 3 letters p. 50, not affecting readability. There is another paper flaw pp. 135-136, with no text loss. At page 101, there is a hand text correction: “Elle” is crossed out. The original silk bookmark is intact. Ink spots occur on pages 217 and 313, with no text loss.