12mo (144 x 75 mm). , 206,  pp. Engraved arms of the dedicatee Marin Curty as headpiece, two woodcut initials, type ornaments. A bit dust-soiled. Contemporary French speckled calf, spine gold-tooled, edges red-sprinkled (worn).***
Only Edition. A question-and-answer guide to classical mythology for children. The gods and heroes are listed, in extra-large type, under their Roman names only. "Who was Jupiter? ... What was the fate of Oedipus? … Why is Janus represented with two faces?" To judge by this work, the pupils of the Grand Siècle were spared neither the philanderings of deities nor the cruelties of mortals.
The author was a jurist, diplomat and lexicographer who wrote a natural history of the Antilles and a popular French dictionary (Dictionnaire général et curieux contenant les principaux mots et les plus usitez en la langue françoise), issued the same year as this very rare work for children, a still useful example of the vogue for secular catechisms in late 17th-century France. Rare, no copies in US libraries and 5 copies located in France. Cioranescu 59870. Item #2194