Signé; [Pierre-Louis Rœderer] - Comédies historiques [...] suivie de La Mort de Henri IV [Reliure aux armes de Charles Demandre] - 1827
An interesting copy, bound with the coat of arms of Charles Demandre (1805-1875), known as "Charles de Mandre", a poet and philographist.
His library was sold in Paris, Maison Silvestre, 28 rue des Bons-Enfants, room No. 1, first floor, from 31 January to 9 February 1887. The catalogue was prepared by Lorédan Larchey: Catalogue des livres et autographes composant la bibliothèque de feu M. Ch. de Mandre (Paris, A. Claudin, 1887, duodecimo, -314- pp., 1.714 lots).
His bookplate also appears on the front cover: Oval cartouche, topped by a count's crown and held to the left by a winged genie; at the point of the shield, a shell separates the caption "Aliquid in minimo" into two parts. Small ornaments, more abundant on the right side in terms of support, surround the shield and the caption, below it: “Exlibris C. de Mandre”. Coat of arms: “D’azur, à la bande d’or, accompagnée de sept billettes de même, posées 2 et 2 à senestre et 1 et 2 à dextre”. (Histoire-bibliophilie.blogspot.com)
This copy is also enhanced by a signed handwritten dedication by the author to the French chemist and scientist Louis Lefèvre-Gineau (1751-1829): "a Monsieur Lefèvre Gineau de la part de M. Roederer" on the title page.
First collective edition of this collection of 3 comedies, containing: Le marguillier de Saint-Eustache, Le Fouet de nos pères and Le diamant de Charles Quint, respectively printed for the first time in 1818 and in 1826 for the other two. They are followed in the first edition of La Mort de Henri IV.
Period brown half shagreen binding with coat of arms, adored spine, blind stamped compartments, gilded small tooled title and author. - Bindings in good condition. Light imperfections: aged spine, friction on the cover edges and corners. Fine and scattered foxing, A nice copy.
Signed; [Pierre-Louis Rœderer]
Comédies historiques. Nouvelle édition, suivie de La Mort de Henri IV, fragment d'histoire dialogué.
Paris, Impr. Lachevardière Fils, 1827.
Octavo (21 x 13 cm); xxxj-402 pp.
Born in Metz, Pierre-Louis Rœderer (1754-1835), after studying law, purchased a position as councillor in the parliament of that city in 1780. As public prosecutor for the department of the Seine, he led Louis XVI from the Tuileries to the National Assembly on 10 August 1792. Impeached, he had to hide until Thermidor. He took a very active part in the coup d'état of 18 Brumaire and then in the drafting of the constitution of Year VIII. As a result of his actions, he was appointed to chair the Interior Section of the Council of State. In January 1800, he was appointed minister plenipotentiary and went to Switzerland; then in 1803 he was granted the senatorship of Caen. Three years later, he became Minister of Finance of Jerome Bonaparte, King of Naples. After the latter's departure, he took his place in the Senate. In 1810 he was appointed Minister-Secretary of State of the Grand Duchy of Berg. During the Hundred Days, Napoleon sent him as extraordinary commissioner of several military divisions. During the Second Restoration, he was excluded from any public responsibility. Retiring to his home in Bois-Roussel in Orne, he wrote works about history and plays. Under the July Monarchy, he became a member of the Chamber of Peers and remained so until his death.