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P. Germon - ‎De veteribus regum francorum diplomatibus, et arte secernendi antiqua diplomata vera a falsis - 1703

P. Germon - ‎De veteribus regum francorum diplomatibus, et arte secernendi antiqua diplomata vera a falsis - 1703

Rare binding in full period calf with the arms of the Royal Monastery of Saint-Bernard des Feuillants (Paris): Hot stamped iron to the two plates of the work, to the weapons of the Feuillants: "D'azur à trois fleurs de lis d'or ; à l'écu en abîme de ..., chargé d'un cœur de ..., surmonté de trois clous de la Passion de ... et entouré d'une couronne d'épines de ...", accompagné de la mention : "Ex bibliotheca Fuliensium sancti Bernardi Parisiensis".

Monastery built in 1587, rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. He owned a library that was regularly enriched by donations: notably those of Jacques le Bossu, who was tutor to Henri de Guise or the minister De Vasan, a Protestant convert to Catholicism who entered the Feuillants and donated an important library, composed of heterodox books. The library seemed to have some 24,000 volumes by the end of the 18th century. The convent was suppressed in 1790. (numelyo.bm-lyon)

First edition. 1st dissertation of the French Jesuit Germon addressed to the Maurist monk Jean Mabillon (1632-1707) about his work "De re diplomatica libri VI" published in 1681. A second dissertation was published in 1706.

" Cet énorme volume si riche, si neuf, si clair dans sa complexité, a surpris tous les savants d'Europe. Il témoigne de la maîtrise à laquelle Mabillon était parvenu dans l'étude et la critique des divers types de manuscrits anciens. Le De Re diplomatica a donné pour deux siècles leur physionomie aux sciences auxiliaires de l'histoire : sa publication constitue une date essentielle des études historiques ".

Le P. Germon dans cet ouvrage reproche à Mabillon "de ne pas avoir choisi avec assez de discernement les documents qui appuyaient sa réflexion méthodologique. Certes, le père jésuite ne contestait pas l’authenticité des chartes des XIIe et XIIIe siècles, pièces indiscutables, mais il affichait une suspicion certaine envers des diplômes mérovingiens et carolingiens que le savant mauriste tenait pour des originaux ".

" In 1703, at the age of forty, Fr. Germon was not unknown in Parisian ecclesiastical circles. Born in Orléans on June 17, 1663, he was
entered the novitiate of Paris on December 31, 1679. After studying theology (1679-1683), he had taught philosophy at the college of Amiens.
(1694-1696) puis à Louis-le-Grand (1696-1698). Fr Germon had collaborated with the Mémoires de Trévoux, since their creation, in 1701." (La querelle de la diplomatique dans les Mémoires de Trévoux (1704-1716) by Stéphane Taurand)

P. Germon
‎De veteribus regum francorum diplomatibus, et arte secernendi antiqua diplomata vera a falsis, disceptatio.
Paris, Joannem Anisson, 1703
Duodecimo (16 x 9 cm); 360 pp. 10 ff.

Volume affected by moisture: traces of wetness to both plates, bit partly split (solid plate). Wet marks on all sheets, without any genes for the legibility of the text.

Binding with the coat of arms, religion

Object Book
Number of Books 1
Subject Binding with arms Royal Monastery of Saint-Bernard des Feuillants, Religion
Author/ Illustrator P. Germon
Book Title ‎De veteribus regum francorum diplomatibus, et arte secernendi antiqua diplomata vera a falsis
Condition Fair
Publication year oldest item 1703
Edition 1st Edition
Language French
Original language Yes
Binding/ Material Leather
Number of pages 360
Dimensions 16×9 cm
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