Title: La Religion, poeme par M. Racine, de l' Académie Royale des Inscriptions & Belles-Lettres. Cinquième édition, revûe & augmentée, 1747
Author: Louis Racine
Publisher: Chez Desaint & Saillant, Libraires, A Paris
The 5th edition of Racine’s most important poem, La Religion, in which he was careful to avoid any inspirational words of Jansenism, was published in 1742.
His first major poem La Grace, originally published in 1722, was harshly scrutinized for its Jansenist inspiration by the Archbishop of Aix, who was chief minister to Louis XV. Due to this, Racine lost his chance at admission to the Académie Française, which could have elevated his career and prestige.
One finely bound volume in small 12mo, XXXIV+240+(2)+XVIII+75+(3) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape with wear and heavier rubbing noted at the corners and joints. There is little to no foxing or staining.