[France] Circonstances Principales de la Vie du R.P. Quesnel & Ses principaux ecrits.
Engraving, scarce; sheet 295 x 230mm (11½ x 9"). Trimmed, losing part of image at bottom.
Portrait of Pasquier Quesnel (1634-1719), Jansenist theologian, surrounded by a garland listing his published works. An unusual combination of portraiture and bibliography. In 2009 the Princeton University Library Graphic Arts blog, discussing their impression of this portrait, stated 'the only other impression we have located is in the Bibliothèque Nationale'. Our impression has been trimmed whereas Princeton's has, at the bottom, an empty rectangle flanked by two circles. This was presumably unfinished, to be filled with text and allegorical symbols similar to those in the top left and right corners.
[Ref: 31319] £160.00