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TRAICTE DE LA COVR; ou Instruction des courtisans

REFUGE, [Eustache de]

Published by chez les Elzeviers, Amsterdam, 1656
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12mo, pp. [viii], 305 (ie 350), [xxvi]. Contemporary name on title-page and later ownership signature on e.p. Bound in contemporary vellum, a nice clean copy. Heltzel 493 (1622 edn); see Aresty p. 98ff. Originally issued in 1616, this work "resembled Castiglione's book in only one respect: it too was written to guide a courtier. [However] a courtier named Du Refuge, wrote in the spirit of Machiavelli, and while he favored the cultivation of the social graces, he constantly adopted the realistic 17th century approach to getting ahead amidst fierce competition, stripping away the idealistic pretense that courtesy books and chivalric writings had so long maintained. While it did not make attractive reading, it was sound advice for the courtier who sought success in a system somewhat similar to that in which the organization man moves today"[Aresty, The Best Behavior, p. 98]. Refuge's work continued to be popular well in the 18th century.This was reprinted under slightly different titles in 1664 and 1665. Bookseller Inventory # 22072

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Title: TRAICTE DE LA COVR; ou Instruction des ...

Publisher: chez les Elzeviers, Amsterdam

Publication Date: 1656

Edition: Derniere edition.

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