Tablettes Chronologiques de L’Histoire Universelle
Author: Nicolas Lenglet Du FresnoyPeter Jones
Tablettes Chronologiques de L’Histoire Universelle 1745, 2 Volume
By Nicolas Lenglet Du Fresnoy
Printed In The Hague For Frederic-Henri Sheurleer
The Volumes are in Very Good Condition bound in speckled french calf, contemporary to the time of publication, with the spines divided into six gilt-stamped compartments by five raised bands, with a red morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top, with the board edges blind tooled and leaf edges red speckled. Externally the boards and spines are lightly scuffed in general, with some chipping to the heads and tails of the spines, with only small splits to the top of the hinges of the first volume, and with the board corners bumped in general. Internally the leaves are generally clean, and amply margined, with some occasional fox marks, light toning near the edges, with leaves 2E5-8 of volume II. unopened.
The Volumes are Complete in All Respects See below for pagination & dimensions.
Nicolas Lenglet Du Fresnoy first studied theology but quickly left it for diplomacy and politics. In 1705, Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Torcy appointed him Secretary for Latin and French languages to the Elector of Cologne, who lived in Lille. During the Regence, he returned to Paris and in 1718 the Regent took advantage of his skill to discover the accomplices of the Cellamare Conspiracy. Afterwards Lenglet occupied himself only of his scholarly work and refused all offers made to him in France or abroad. Biting and sarcastic, he had many enemies, of which he derived vanity, saying: I want to be a frank Gaul in my style, as in my actions. His love of independence and opposition to royal censors earned him, under Louis XV, five periods of imprisonment in the Bastille, once in the Strasbourg citadel another time in the Château de Vincennes. He died at almost 82 years after falling in the fireplace close to which he was reading. He was buried in the church or in the cemetery of the Église Saint-Séverin in Paris. Lenglet, whose books contain treasures of erudition, was interested both in literary criticism as in hermetic philosophy, history or geography. He also edited the Roman de la Rose, Marot, Sigogne, Régnier, Motin, Berthelot, Maynard, La Henriade by Voltaire, Mémoires by Philippe de Comines, Pierre de L’Estoile, etc. He reviewed articles on history and even wrote some in full for the Encyclopédie by Diderot and D’Alembert. He wrote under the pseudonyms “Edward Melton”, “Albert Van Heussen”, “C. Gordon de Percel” and “Gosford”. He also wrote in Latin under the pen name “Lengletius”. In 1681, Géraud de Cordemoy published an anti-protestantist book, the conférence entre Luther et le diable au sujet de la messe with his commentaries, republished and widely distributed in 1875 by Isidore Liseux with commentaries by Nicolas Lenglet Du Fresnoy.
Pagination & Dimensions
The volumes are paginated as follows: Vol. I; , [i]-ccxxiv, -372.: Vol. II; , [i]-xlviii, -500. The volumes collate as follows: Vol. I; [*], **4, a-q8, A-Z8, 2A2: Vol. II; [x]2, *,**,***, A-2H8, 2I2. The volume measures about 19 cm. By 13 cm. By 3.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 180 mm. By 115 mm.