6012. An important French dictionary by Furetière

FURETIERE, ANTOINE. (4). Dictionnaire universel, contenant generalement tous les mots françois, tant vieux que modernes, et les termes des sciences et des arts... Ensuite corrigé & augmenté par m. Basnard de Beauval; et en cette nouvelle edition, revû, corrigée, & considerablement augmenté par m. Brutel de la Riviere. I-IV. La Haye (chez Pierre Husson.... La Veuve Van Dole) 1727.

Folio. 4 titles printed in red and black. 1 engraved vignette.
Contemporary brown full calf, somewhat worn, richly gilt spines in 8 compartments, red edges. Minor foxing. 4 volumes.

Antoine Furetière (1619-1688), French scholar and writer, born in Paris. He studied law and practised for a time as an advocate, but eventually took orders and after various promotions became abbé of Chalivoy in the diocese of Bourges in 1662. In his leisure moments he devoted himself to letters, and in virtue of his satires-Nouvelle Allégorique, ou histoire des derniers troubles arrivés au royaume d'éloquence (1658) and Voyage de Mercure (1653)-he was admitted as a member of the Académie française in 1662. Furetière compiled the Universal Dictionary Containing All French Words (published 1690), which constitutes a broad reflection of the French vocabulary of the 17th century. Permission to publish the dictionary, granted to Furetière in 1684, angered some of his fellow members of the Académie Française, who were preparing a similar work, and Furetière was expelled from the academy in 1685. (Wikipedia).
Provenance: The von Celsing family, Biby.