AGUESSEAU, HENRI FRANCOIS D'. 1668-1751.
Discours sur la vie et la mort, le caractere et les murs. Au Chasteau de Fresnes [but Paris]: [Bochart de Saron], 1720 [but 1778].
8vo (200 x 120 mm). [ii], 256 pp. Period red crushed morocco.
Provenance: Biblioteca Lamoniana (ink shelfmark on flyleaf, repeated in gilt at foot of spine); Frederick J.O. Montagu (bookplate); John Sparrow (typographic label); Christie's South Kensington, December 18, 1992, lot 66 (part).
ONE OF ONLY 60 COPIES of this edition of Daguesseau's eulogy to his father, written as a discourse to his own children. He was a distinguished politician, and served as Chancellor of France on three occasions. The type was set by the mathematician-astronomer Jean Baptiste Gaspard Bochart de Saron and his wife as an entertainment, and put through the press by L.F. Delatour.
Dibdin described the celebrated Lamoignon Library as "a collection which, in its day, might have vied with the most splendid in Europe. But every thing earthly must be dissipated," as indeed the Library was in the 1790s (Bibliomania, p 84 n). See lot 5 for another book from the Lamoignon Library.