DU BREUL, Jaques. Le Théâtre des antiquitez de Paris. Où est traicté de la fondation des églises & chapelles de la Cité, Université, ville & diocèse de Paris: comme aussi de l'institution du Parlement, fondation de l'Université & collèges, & autres choses remarquables. Divisé en quatre livres. Paris, Claude de La Tour, 1612.
4to. Late 17th-century full calf, spine with raised bands, ornamented and lettered in gilt, edges sprinkled in red; pp. [xvi], 1310, ; woodcut coat-of-arms on title, eleven engravings in the text, a few almost full-page; wear to corners, head and tail of spines and hinges, lower cover with a few small wormholes, even light toning, a handful of leaves with inoffensive ink spots, single wormhole from p. 1193 to the end; a good and clean copy; Portuguese bookseller's label and bookplate of the Paris collector Goux-Stern inside front cover.
First edition. Jacques Du Breul (1528-1614), was a cleric at the abbey of St-Germain-des-Prés, who in 1605 had published the historical treatise Les Fastes et antiquitéz de Paris, which he subsequently expanded into the present impressive work, together with Jacques Le Jay, and under the patronage of Jacques Auguste de Thou, president of the parliament of Paris and eminent book collector, who had facilitated access to manuscripts held by private collectors and in libraries. De Thou, whose grandfather's portrait is the most elaborate illustration in this volume, was the founder of a dynasty of humanists, historians, collectors and politicians. The four parts of this book are on the Cité, the Sorbonne, the urban settlement around the Cité and Paris' rural parishes.