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[VILLIERS, Pierre de]. Traité de la satire, ou l'on examine Comment on doit reprendre son prochain, & comment la satire peut servir à cet usage.

Paris. Chez Jean Anisson, 1695. First edition.
8vo. [16], 356pp. Contemporary speckled calf, tooled and lettered in gilt. A trifle rubbed. Early armorial bookplate to FEP, recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to recto of FFEP, internally clean and crisp. A fine copy.
A choice copy of the first edition of an authoritative examination of satire by French cleric and poet Abbé Pierre de Villiers (1648-1728). In contrast to widely-held contemporary notions as to the purpose of satire, Villiers argues that critique should only focus on faults that are the result of ignorance and error and not treat other issues and refrain from personal criticisms.
£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 25107