Oeuvres Completes de Moliere by Poquelin 1845

Oeuvres Completes de Moliere by Poquelin 1845.

PRESENTING AN EXTREMELY RARE  hardback copy of Oeuvres Completes de Moliere by Jean- Baptiste Poquelin,  H. Morel, Editeur, 24 Rue Vieille-Du-Temple –1845.

This RARE book is in fair condition for its age….. some minor ‘knicks’ on the edges of the hardcover….. some foxing to the paper.

AS AN ADDED BONUS…..the Book comes with a Label belonging to it’s original owner, Major William Alexander Obenchain, a Civil War personality who served on General Robert E. Lee’s Staff, and after the War became President of Ogden College in Bowling Green, KY (now the University of Western Kentucky).

This book was part of the extensive private collection of the Calvert Hall/Obenchain/Godwin/McMillan Collection formerly of Bowling Green, KY and later, Highland Park, Texas.

AS you can see from the history of this Collection (see our PDF) the family have very strong ancestral ties to the State of Kentucky.


Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière (/mɒlˈjɛər/ or /mlˈjɛər/;[1] French: [mɔ.ljɛːʁ]; 15 January 1622 – 17 February 1673), was a French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and universal literature. His extant works includes comediesfarcestragicomediescomédie-ballets, and more. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed at the Comédie-Française more often than those of any other playwright today.[2]

Born into a prosperous family and having studied at the Collège de Clermont (now Lycée Louis-le-Grand), Molière was well suited to begin a life in the theatre. Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish his comic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia dell’arte elements with the more refined French comedy.[3]

Through the patronage of aristocrats including Philippe I, Duke of Orléans—the brother of Louis XIV—Molière procured a command performance before the King at the Louvre. Performing a classic play by Pierre Corneille and a farce of his own, The Doctor in Love, Molière was granted the use of salle du Petit-Bourbon near the Louvre, a spacious room appointed for theatrical performances. Later, Molière was granted the use of the theatre in the Palais-Royal. In both locations he found success among Parisians with plays such as The Affected LadiesThe School for Husbands and The School for Wives. This royal favour brought a royal pension to his troupe and the title Troupe du Roi (“The King’s Troupe”). Molière continued as the official author of court entertainments.[4]

Though he received the adulation of the court and Parisians, Molière’s satires attracted criticism from moralists and the Catholic Church. Tartuffe and its attack on perceived religious hypocrisy roundly received condemnations from the Church, while Don Juan was banned from performance. Molière’s hard work in so many theatrical capacities took its toll on his health and, by 1667, he was forced to take a break from the stage. In 1673, during a production of his final play, The Imaginary Invalid, Molière, who suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis, was seized by a coughing fit and a haemorrhage while playing the hypochondriac Argan. He finished the performance but collapsed again and died a few hours later.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moli%C3%A8re

Oeuvres Completes de Moliere by Poquelin 1845.

Provenance: Part of the Calvert Hall/Obenchain/Godwin/McMillan Collection.

Calvert Hall,Obenchain,McMillan,Godwin Introduction PDF

Dimensions: 9.5″ x 6.25″


Price Now: $499

Oeuvres Completes de Moliere by Poquelin 1845

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