Title: Les Pensées, Maximes, et Reflexions Morales de M. le Duc***. Onzième édition, augmentée de Remarques Critiques, Morales & Historiques, sur chacune des Réfléxions. Par M. l'Abbé de la Roche, 1737
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Publisher: Chez Etienne Ganeau Pere, A Paris
The 11th edition of François de La Rochefoucauld's moral thoughts, maxims, and reflective works, featuring all of his critical and historical notes.
Of La Rouchefoucald, it has been said that he was a clear eyed and wordly nobleman, and that he held largely neutral views, neither condemning nor celebrating the ways the common individual would conduct themselves. Up until 1650, he bore the title of Prince de Marcillac.
His importance as a social and historical figure is overshadowed by his towering stature in French literature. His literary work consists of three parts—his Memoirs, the Maximes, and his letters.
Although not as lofty or well renowned as his Memoirs, his Maxims were still elegant in their form and writ. La Rochefoucauld made numerous revisions and added to them during his life, with several more being added shortly after his death. At this point in time, the standard edition typically contains the entirety of all 504 maxims, with this copy containing that same amount.
The vast majority of maxims consist of just two or three lines, with only a handful going beyond half a page. Throughout all 504 maxims, La Rochefoucauld reflects on the conduct and motivations of humanity, from the accurate and blunt viewpoint of the common mortal.
One volume in 12mo, 300 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape. The volume is tightly bound, with the spine heavily worn down and partially peeling. The joints are cracked as well, although the boards display very little wear asides from the corners. There is minor dampstaining present at the bottom throughout the volume.