VARAVENARGUES, Luc de Clapiers, marquis de. Maximes. Arthur L Humphreys~ 1903.
8vo., 2 volumes in half gilt ruled brown morocco, spine panelled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. A very good set.
A handsomely printed edition of Varavenargues's maxims in parallel french and english text.. Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues was a minor French writer and moralist. He died at age 31, in broken health, having published the year prior—anonymously—a collection of essays and aphorisms with the encouragement of Voltaire, his friend. He first received public notice under his own name in 1797, and from 1857 on, his aphorisms became popular. In the history of French literature, his significance lies chiefly in his friendship with Voltaire (20 years his senior).