182: 1690 Madame De Maintenon French Armorial Book
N.D.T.: ''Reflections sur quelques parolles de Jesus-Christ. Particulierement sur les Sept qu'il a prononcees sur la Croix. Pour seruir d'un Saint Entretien a L'ame Chretienne Pendeant la Messe.'' Paris: Cez N. Bonnart, n.d. (Circa 1690). Decorated and illustrated by Charles Le Brun, Francois de Poilly and engraved by Nicholas Bonnart. Small octavo, contemporary burgundy Morocco with the gilt stamped armorial crest of Madame de Maintenon (the Dedicatee), front and rear and lions rampant in corners, gilt decorated spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, 100pp. Text in calligraphic script with each page within a ruled or decorative border. Illustrated with vignettes, decoration and initials. A nice copy bearing the bookplate of Grace Whitney Hoff, and a handwritten note indicating that this copy came from the Library at Maison de Saint-Cyr, the school that Madame de Maintenon founded and to which she retired after the death of her husband Louis XVI. In 1683 Queen Marie-Theresa (1638-1863) died and Louis XVI secretly married Francoise d'Aubigne, Marchioness of Maintenon, to whom this book is dedicated.