SET OF LACROIXS HISTORIES OF FRENCH SOCIETY, ILLUSTRATED WITH HAND-FINISHED CHROMOLITHOGRAPHIC PLATES
Military and Religious Life in the Middle Ages and at the Period of the Renaissance; The Arts in the Middle Ages and at the Period of The Renaissance; Manners, Customs and Dress During the Middle Ages And During The Renaissance Period; The XVIIIth. Century Its Institutions, Customs, and Costumes. France, 1700-1789; Science and Literature In the Middle Ages.
Item Number: 3490
London: Chapman and Hall, 1874-1878..
First editon. Quarto, 5 volumes. Elegantly bound in three quarters red morocco. Titles to the spine in gilt, top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Illustrated throughout with chromolithographic Prints. From Stillington Hall with their tasteful bookplates in each volume. Arts in the Middle Ages is inscribed, “May this pilgrimage in the past bring you many happy hours from John Hammond Jr. to his friend Leslie Buswell April 1933.” From the Stillington Hall Estate in Gloucester, MA, with their tasteful bookplate. Stillington Hall, was built by Leslie Buswell, who was in the early 20th century, one of a foursome of wealthy, good-looking, hard-partying men who met in the social circles of Boston and Eastern Point and built their family fortunes. A very attractive set.
Lacroix was a writer of serious historical works (including a history of Napoleon III) and over 20 historical romances to his credit. His comprehensive social histories of medieval and Renaissance France, first published from 1848-51, treated a broad cross-section of French society, including, in this volume, military and ecclesiastical life. Topics include feudalism, chivalry, liturgy, the popes, pilgrimages and the Inquisition. See Hiler, 519; Colas 1701-05; Brunet III:733; Graesse VI:64.