1970 Reprint; blue cloth boards with gold titles; no jacket; pencil markings on front endpaper, otherwise interior is clean; 12mo, 6 3/4" - 7 3/4" Tall. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Achievement of Bernard Le Bovier de ...
Publisher: Johnson Reprint Coporation
Publication Date: 1970
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description Johnson Reprint Corp, NY, 1970. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Hardcover xl - from an academic library, clean, normal library wear and markings [" Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, also referred to as Bernard le Bouyer de Fontenelle (11 February 1657 - 9 January 1757) was a French author. Fontenelle was born in Rouen, France (then the capital of Normandy). He died in Paris just one month before his 100th birthday, living four times the average life expectancy at the time. His mother was the sister of the great French dramatists Pierre Corneille and Thomas Corneille. He was educated at the college of the Jesuits in Rouen, where he showed preference to literature and distinguished himself. He was the son of a lawyer and as was the custom at the time he was trained in his father's profession. He gave up law after pleading one case, and spent the rest of his life writing about philosophers and scientists, especially defending the Cartesian tradition. He was also a noted gourmand( a person who eats to much ) and he attributed his longevity to the eating of strawberries. Whatever its cause, his health and vigor lasted until he died. Meeting him at ninety-two, one woman wrote that he was as lively (and as hungry) as a young man of twenty-two.When, in his late nineties he met the beautiful Mme Helvétius, he reportedly told her, "Ah Madame, if only I were eighty again!" ]. Ex-Library. Seller Inventory # 080803.05720