Title Marie Stuart', Reyne d' Escosse, Nouvelle Historique.
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good condition
Edition 1st Edition
Publisher Paris Louis Billaine 1675
Seller ID 5148
3 parts in 1; 234, 239, 428 pp.; 12mo; original polished tan calf; crown over decorative design stamped in gilt front cover; letters & decorations stamped in gilt on spine in six compartments with titles on red & brown leather labels; marbled pastesdowns, endpapers, and edges. Rubbing and moderate wear at edges and spine with minute loss at crown; joints appear to have had some expert repair in the past; title gilt on third panel for the most part effaced; dark "burned" spot bottom front edge. Tanning to endpapers at edges, but title and text pages exceptionally clean in a solid binding.
First appearing in 1675, and an early entry in the rise of the newly fashionable 'nouvelle historique', at a time when novel writing was under attack by moralists for telling lies and stimulating the passions. In this historical novel, Boisguilbert claimed to be telling the truth about Mary Queen of Scots, not writing a 'romance', apparently hoping to blunt the criticism.