Monday, December 14, 2009

Book For Sale: Sermons Of Fr. Louis Bourdaloue, S.J.

Nice, early copy of Bourdaloue's sermons in original mottled calf leather.

Fr. Louis Bourdaloue, S.J. (1632-1704),
French Jesuit and preacher, was born in Bourges. Voltaire said that his sermons surpassed those of Bossuet. His success as a preacher in the provinces led his superiors to call him to Paris in 1669 to occupy for a year the pulpit of the church of St. Louis.
Owing to his eloquence he was speedily ranked in popular estimation with Corneille, Racine, and the other leading figures of the height of Louis XIV's reign. He preached at the court of Versailles during the Advent of 1670 and the Lent of 1672, and was called again to deliver the Lenten course of sermons in 1674, 1675, 1680 and 1682, and the Advent sermons of 1684, 1689 and 1693.
It was the custom at that time never to call the same preacher more than three times to court. On the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes he was sent to Languedoc to confirm the new converts in the Catholic faith, and he had much success in this delicate mission. Catholics and Protestants were unanimous in praising his fiery eloquence in the Lent sermons which he preached at Montpellier in 1686. This volume was previously owned by S. Mariae Buckfast Monastery and contains their bookplate.

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