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An Introduction to Seventeenth Century France - John Lough

Longmans, Green & Co., 1954, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper heavily rubbed, notably at the head of the spine and top corners. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Tanning to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

From the cover: “The word “Introduction” in the title of this book is meant to be taken literally. The book is mainly for those who approach seventeenth century France through the great works of its literature. The first six chapters are devoted to a sketch of the social and political history of the age while, apart from a brief epilogue on the decline of the reign of Louis XIV, the rest of the book is concerned with the literary background, especially the relationship between men of letters and their public and the influence of that relationship on the development of both language and literature in seventeenth century France. In short, the book attempts to depict the main social and political developments and the setting in which so many varied masterpieces were produced.

A considerable place has been given to quotations from a large variety of well-known*and less familiar seventeenth-century French sources, since nothing brings the reader closer to the atmosphere of the age.

In addition to maps and diagrams, the book contains over thirty plates reproducing contemporary paintings and engravings, together with photographs of some of the more characteristic buildings of the period. These carefully chosen pictures should help to bring to life this absorbing period in the history of French civilisation and, added to the text, will assist to a better understanding of life and literature in France in the seventeenth century.”

Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIII] 291 pages.

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