Louis Moréri; Pierre Bayle - Le Grand dictionnaire historique...Histoire sacrée et profane... Empereurs, Rois, Genealogie - 1698

Louis Moréri; Pierre Bayle - Le Grand dictionnaire historique...Histoire sacrée et profane... Empereurs, Rois, Genealogie - 1698
Bindings, Biography, Illustrated, Reference works - Quantity: 4 - Book

Fresh copy of this major work, the jewel of all scholarly libraries. This copy is the important 8th edition from 1698, complete in 4 folio volumes. It is partly first edition since “a quantity of articles and important remarks not found in the previous 7” have been added. In addition, it has the particularity of including the Supplement published in 1689. The editors have also “corrected the censored errors in Bayle’s Dictionnaire Critique and many others.”
It is illustrated with an engraved title and some intaglio vignettes (banners and dropcaps). The 1st edition, the only one that was published during the author’s lifetime, was published in Lyon in 1674.

"The literary wealth of this dictionary is not only attested by the twenty-one editions published between 1674 and 1759, but also by the great success it met with over two centuries: Victor Hugo frequently used it for the historical details in his novels. The Moréri Dictionary is still useful today as the first repertory of biographical notes, especially regarding the European history and thought of the 16th century.

"Its major challenge was to adopt an encyclopaedic point of view in dealing with topics as diverse as history, geography, genealogy and religion."

Moreri (Louis)

Le Grand dictionnaire historique, ou le mélange curieux de l'histoire sacrée et profane qui contient en abrégé les vies et les actions remarquables des Empereurs, des Rois, des Princes illustres, & des grands Capitaines; l'Etablissement et le progrès des Ordres religieux & Militaires, & la Vie de leurs Fondateurs. Les Généalogies de plusieurs familles illustres de France & d'autres Païs; L'Histoire Fabuleuse des Dieux, & des Héros de l'Antiquité Payenne ...

Amsterdam, Chez Henri Desbordes, Pierre Brunel, Antoine Schelte / A La Haye, Chez Adrian Moetjens, Henry Van Bulderen, 1698.
4Vol. Folio (26 x 38 cm)
1f. (16) 7f. 522pp. 1f. ; 572pp. ; 582pp. ; 588pp. Complete, 4/4.

Full period marbled calfskin folio, spine with raised bands, two red morocco mosaic labels indicating the title and volume number in gilded stamping. Gilded fleurons in the compartments in small stamping.

A fresh and clean copy, virtually no foxing. The lower corners in volumes 1 & 4 touched with a light dampstain (that doesn’t reach the text), the paper is faded.
Tight bindings, leather has significant defects due to use: cropped headcaps, damaged corners, beginning of splits on the joints near the headcaps, rubbing, marks on the boards. The set remains decorative.

Le Grand Dictionnaire historique, ou Le mélange curieux de l'histoire sacrée et profane, was first printed in Lyon in 1674 in a single volume It contains mainly historical and biographical articles. Moréri dedicated it to Gaillard de Longjumeau, bishop of Apt, where he was appointed chaplain. To simplicity, it can be said that this was the first major French dictionary of proper nouns.

This encyclopaedia, which was particularly rich in geographical and historical terms, created an immediate craze throughout Europe, and this success lasted for most of the century following its publication, leading to numerous reprints.

Always published in folio format, it initially consisted of a single volume, but the number of pages increased, with, for example, two volumes (separated or not, depending on the copy, into two volumes each) in 1683 for the third edition. It continued to be developed after Moréri's death, with additions about contemporary events and biographies. A total of 20 editions were published between 1674 and 1759, the last of which was published in Paris and consisted of 10 volumes.

His dictionary was translated into the German, the English, the Dutch, the Spanish and the Italian. This books would inspire a series of similar dictionaries, written in the vernacular and not in Latin, in Germany as well as in England. (Source: Wikipedia)

Weight: 20 kg

Lot details
Number of Books
Bindings, Biography, Illustrated, Reference works
Author/ Illustrator
Louis Moréri; Pierre Bayle
Book Title
Le Grand dictionnaire historique...Histoire sacrée et profane... Empereurs, Rois, Genealogie
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
Binding/ Material
Number of pages
38×26 cm
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