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Book Description
First edition of this collection of ten speeches by the Jesuit François Vavasseur (1603-1681), according to d’Olivet “le meilleur humaniste de son temps”. The Orationes, owing much to his master, the Jesuit theologian Denis Pétau, are collected from his addresses to students at the start of each academic year between 1629 and 1636. In his introduction, Vavasseur contrasts the florid literary excesses of his Jesuit (and other) predecessors with the simplicity of his own approach, writing as far as possible in the first person. The orations themselves connect humanism with the reign of Louis XIII, and closely link their futures; he encourages the young French towards a renovatio litterarum and a rejection of earlier types of eloquence, warning against inflatio verborum, and stylistic eclecticism. Vavasseur was renowned as one of the foremost stylists and humanists of his time, and his reputation extended well beyond French Catholic circles. His writings covered biblical scholarship, the literary and moral virtues of the burlesque style, the composition and structure of epigrams, and the Jansenist controversy.
Author VAVASSEUR, François.
Date 1646
Binding in contemporary dark red morocco, boards and spine gilt with fleurs-de-lys; spine in compartments, boards with decorative border; all edges gilt; slight wear to head of spine, and corners bumped, but still a very good copy.
Publisher Lutetiae Parisiorum, Apud Sebastianum Cramoisy et Gabrielem Cramoisy,
Condition 8vo, pp. [xviii], 352, [2] index and privilege; printer’s device on title; contemporary(?) ownership note on title crossed out in black ink, small loss to corner of A4, not affecting text, otherwise clean and fresh;

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