Maximes du Duc de la Rochefoucauld précédées d’une notice sur sa vie par Suard / Pensées diverses de Montesquieu / Oeuvres choisies de Vauvenargues
French Language Literature (FR), Philosophy, Rare Books
de La Rochefoucauld, François – de Montesquieu, Charles – de Clapiers – marquis de Vauvenargues, Luc. Maximes du Duc De La Rochefoucauld précédées d’une notice sur sa vie par Suard / Pensées Diverses de Montesquieu / Oeuvres Choisies de Vauvenargues. Paris: Librairie De Firmin Didot Frères, Fils Et Cie, 1869. 345 pages. XI + 345 p.. [Edition unknown].
Condition: Fine Plus. One Quarter Binding (Leather-Paper).
BIBLIOGRAPHY: François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac; 15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680) was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. It is said that his world-view was clear-eyed and urbane, and that he neither condemned human conduct nor sentimentally celebrated it. Born in Paris on the Rue des Petits Champs, at a time when the royal court was vacillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman.
Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu; 18 January 1689 – 10 February 1755), generally referred to as simply Montesquieu, was a French judge, man of letters, and political philosopher.
He is famous for his articulation of the theory of separation of powers, which is implemented in many constitutions throughout the world. He is also known for doing more than any other author to secure the place of the word “despotism” in the political lexicon.
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues; 6 August 1715 – 28 May 1747) was a minor French writer, a moralist. He died at age 31, in broken health, having published the year prior—anonymously—a collection of essays and aphorisms with the encouragement of Voltaire, his friend. He first received public notice under his own name in 1797, and from 1857 on, his aphorisms became popular. In the history of French literature, his significance lies chiefly in his friendship with Voltaire (20 years his senior)..