EXHORTATION MADE BY THE BISHOP OF GRASSE TO HENRY IV, IN THE OCCASION OF THE WAR AGAINST SPAIN
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Leblanc, Guillaume. Guilielmi Blanci iunioris episcopi Grassensis, et Venciensis Paraenesis ad Henricum quartum Franciae, et Navarrae regem christianissimum. Romae (Rome): Ex Typographia Dominici Basae, 1595.
4to (265x195 mm); original limp vellum with residual portions of laces at cover edges (light traces of use, neat repair at spine); pp. 26, (2, blank); text in Latin; title-page in red and black types; xylographic head-letters and tail-piece; large xylographic vignette at title-page, representing the Justice and the Peace kissing each other, with the coat of arms of Henry IV in an oval and a motto on a cartouche: Iustitia et pax osculatae.
Rare original edition of this monographic essay (paraenesis = exhortatio, recommendation) addressed to Henry IV, King of France, by Guillaume Leblanc.
Guillaume Leblanc (about 1561-1601) was a French priest, a theologian and a writer. He was also Bishop of Vence from 1588, and then of Grasse from 1591.
Henry IV (1553-1610), also known by the epithet "Good King Henry", was King of Navarre (as Henry III) from 1572 to 1610 and King of France from 1589 to 1610. He was the first French monarch of the House of Bourbon. Baptised as a Catholic but raised in the Protestant faith, as a Huguenot, Henry was involved in the French Wars of Religion, He ascended the throne of France in 1589, abjuring his Calvinist faith. He was said to have declared that Paris vaut bien une messe ("Paris is well worth a mass"). The reign of Henry IV saw the continuation of the rivalry among France, the Habsburg rulers of Spain, and the Holy Roman Empire for the mastery of Western Europe, a conflict that would only be resolved after the end of the Thirty Years' War.
In particular, the bishop Leblanc's exhortation, written in 1595, refers to the war between Henry IV and Philip II of Spain, declared in January of that same year.
References: IT\ICCU\BVEE\013595. CNCE, 45503. OCLC, 492654670 (France) and 475437894 (Denmark). No copy in USA.