Pensees du Cardinal de Retz

Signed by Victoria Sackville-West, with her bookplate. Delightful leather binding by Louis Conard.


Charles Letourneau


G Charpentier, Paris, 1888
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Printing Details

Half-leather binding with geometric design and gilt titling to the spine, top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. 12 × 8cm, xxxviii + 249pp, 1pp publisher's ad. The binding is signed"Rel. executee pour La Lib. Louis Conard". French text.

This copy belonged to Victoria Sackville-West (mother of Vita), and has been signed and dated (1908) by her to the ffep, and with her bookplate to the front pastedown. Though overshadowed by her daughter, Victoria's life was no less exciting. She was the illegitimate daughter of Lionel Sackville-West, a diplomat, and his Andalusian mistress, Josefa Duran (the Pepita of Vita's book). In the late 1880s she lived at the family home, Knole in Kent, a house she loved. Knole was taken from her by her brother's claim to the estate.

The thoughts and musings of Cardinal Retz (Jean-François de Gondi, 1613—1679), a French prelate and agitator in the Fronde (the series of civil wars in France between 1648 and 1653).


This is a very nice copy with a few signed of wear. There is 3.5cm thin surface loss to marbled paper covering the rear board, and another bookplate opposite Victoria's. The pages have light and occasional spotting but are clean and the binding is secure.

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