French Book of Prayer.

Rare French Book of Common Prayer

French Book of Prayer.


Item Number: 116083

Paris:, c. 1697.

Rare late 17th century Book of Prayer. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over speckled red boards with a hand painted coat of arms to the front panel, all edges red, illustrated with two engravings, text in French manuscript. Dedicated on the title page to Madame de Maintenon. In very good condition.

Madame de Maintenon was the second wife of King Louis XIV of France. Although their marriage was never officially announced, she was very influential at court, and was one of the king's closest advisers. Historians have often remarked upon Madame de Maintenon's political influence, which was considerable, particularly in the realms of politics, religion and economics.

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