Historie de l’Église, écrite par Socrate. Traduite par Monsieur Cousin

SOCRATES SCHOLASTICUS (c. 380-450) -- [COUSIN, Louis (1627-1707), trans.]

Published by Chez Damien Foucault (for the workshop of Pierre Rocolet), Paris, 1675
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Title: Historie de l’Église, écrite par Socrate. ...

Publisher: Chez Damien Foucault (for the workshop of Pierre Rocolet), Paris

Publication Date: 1675

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First Edition.

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4to (170 x 240mm). Pagination: [26], 476, [12]pp (of table). Signatures: A-Z(4), Aa-Zz(4), Aaa-Ppp(4).Woodcut printer’s device of Rocolet (official printer of Paris) with crowned arms of Louis XIV and heraldry of the Foucault and Rocolet supported by muses and with their monograms on plaque. With dedication on title "Dediee a Monseigneur le Dauphin" and letter by Cousin. Contemporary French mottled brown calf by Rocolet or his workshop with the arms of Louis XIV (1643-1661), three fleur-de-lis, stamped in central medallion on covers, surrounded by a blind-tooled roll of fleur-de-lis, spine with five raised bands with a fleur-de-lis and tan morocco label, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers; (title with small spots and residue not-severe, covers slightly bowed and corners lightly bumped, otherwise crisp and clean). This book is a fine specimen of such characteristic work from the Rocolet printers. This copy is exemplary for its royal provenance; this church history work which would have been presented at court to Louis XIV, and the dauphin, the king’s son, Louis of France (1661-1711). The dauphin would have been about 14 years old at the time of this edition. Louis XIV, and other royals, often had works printed and bound for presentation in the court and gave them to special members in their circle. The title has an unidentified impression monogram "GDV" in lower right corner, probably dating to the 18th century. First edition and second volume of four containing Socrates Scholasticus’s history of the Christian Church; this title part of a en ecclesiastical series by Rocolet published in 1675 and 1676; a reissue was made in Holland in 1686. This set is frequently found as the singular volume in usual institution catalogs. Louis Cousin was the translator of this great compilation corpus on church history written by the fifth century Church Father Socrates, which continued the great magnum opus of his forefather Eusebius of Caesarea. Among Cousin’s law and theological acumen, he was an academician, royal censor, and president of the court of currencies "Cour des Monnoyes." This translation was highly regarded by his contemporaries as translations from the Greek of Church Father writings were becoming common in the ecclesiastical language of the Western Church. Pierre Rocolet, the printer by appointment for the city government, was active in Paris from 1640 until 1662, when his son-in-law Damien Foucault succeeded him in the business. Importantly, this work is one of the last that Foucault would produce under the workshop’s name. He died in 1675 and his widow, Anne Bonjean, succeeded him until 1686 and then a son, Hilaire Foucault, continued until 1723. The Rocolet workshop was known for collaborating with select binders and gilders to producing luxurious decorated bindings, which dominated the French booksellers markets in the mid and late seventeenth century. This copy is a notable armorial presentation binding within the circle of Louis XIV. First edition and second volume of four containing Socrates Scholasticus’s history of the Christian Church; this title part of a en ecclesiastical series by Rocolet published in 1675 and 1676; a reissue was made in Holland in 1686. This set is frequently found as the singular volume in usual institution catalogs. Louis Cousin was the translator of this great compilation corpus on church history written by the fifth century Church Father Socrates, which continued the great magnum opus of his forefather Eusebius of Caesarea. Among Cousin’s law and theological acumen, he was an academician, royal censor, and president of the court of currencies "Cour des Monnoyes." This translation was highly regarded by his contemporaries as translations from the Greek of Church Father writings were becoming common in the ecclesiastical language of the Western Church. Pierre Rocolet, the printer by appointment for the city government, was active in Paris from 1640 until 1662, when his son-in-law Damien Foucault. Bookseller Inventory # SAV142

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