Lot n° 706
4000 - 5000
GUEZ DE BALZAC Jean-Louis (1597- 1654) litterateur et epistolier, membre fondateur de l'Academie francaise.
MANUSCRIPT (period copy) of the Discourse to the Reyne By Sr de Balzac 1643; booklet in-fol. with cover title and 22 leaves, 43 pages in-4 (approx. 22 x 175 cm), printed at the time and put in in-fol. format. (31 x 21 cm), paginated 26- (the last numbers hidden by the margins; worm galleries in the inner margin).
Unknown full version, before censorship, of this plea for peace addressed to Queen Regent Anne of Austria. The Discourse to the Reyne is first published under the title Harangue faite à la Reyne sur sa Régence, in 1649 by Toussaint Quinet (platelet in-4), but in a censored version. Five years before the Fronde, Guez de Balzac wrote this magnificent plea for peace, and addressed it to the Queen Regent ANNE D'AUTRICHE. The political poet implores the Regent to work to preserve the peace that will destroy abuses. He begins: "Madame We no longer despair of the salvation of our Estat. We no longer believe that the evils of our century are incurable. If the first day of your Regency taught us to hope for a very happy future: And if the Christian people chased for so long and so exemplary by the Justice of Heaven must finally have the Grace of God irritated, it is likely that they will receive it by hands so pure and so innocent as yours" .... And he concludes: "I would never finish if I wanted to count all the advantages that must be born of this blessed Peace. We must conclude with the greatest and most considerable, Madam, that it will provide your Majesty with quiet days and a beautiful leisure to use it for the good food of the King your Son. Your thoughts, which today are divided in as many places as Christianity needs, and which at my time embrace several Provinces and several Kingdoms, will then be all gathered and stopped at this one object. After having given us a Prince, your Majesty will make us a second gift of this same Prince, and by an excellent Institution, she will give him back to us the best and most virtuous of his cen
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