Title: L'Office de la Semaine Sainte, Corrige par le Commandement du roy, Conformement au Breviaire & Messel de Notre S. Pere le Pape, 1690(?). Louis XIV Arms
Author: Charles Fosset; Denis Chenault; Catholic Church
Publisher: A Paris, Chez la Veuve de Denis Chenault
Condition: Very Good
A scarce and undated late 17th century edition of the Divine Office for Holy Week, corrected by the command of the king, and in accordance with the Breviary & Missal of Pope Urban VIII.
The Holy Week offices (liturgies) lead worshipers through the events of the final days before Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. This volume gathers the prayers and biblical readings appointed for the entire week, including Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. The text is in parallel columns of French and Latin.
There is an engraved frontispiece, and two additional full-page engravings.
Worldcat records 15 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
This copy is present in a red morocco binding, with gilt fleur-de-lis at the corners, and bearing the arms of Louis the XIV, King of France, and often referred to as the Sun King. On the spine is his monogram in repeat.
From the age of 5 until his death in 1715, his reign has been the longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country in history, emblematic of the age of absolutism in Europe.
Many of his achievements, influential and architectural, have lasted well into the Early Modern Era, to the Industrial Revolution, and lastly up to today, including the creation of the Palace of Versailles, the founding of the French Academy of Sciences, and much more.
One finely bound volume in octavo, (8)+515 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, notably to the corners, and softness to the rear lower corner. There is some staining to the boards. There is extremely light worming to the margins, though not obscuring the text. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.