Pierre de Besse

Besse, P. Conciones sive conceptus theologici ac praedicailes, de quatuor hominum novissimis.

Cologne, J. Kinck, 1613, (16),708,(20)pp., woodcut printer's vignette, contemporary blindstampted panelled pigskin with 2 brass clasps and catches. Slightly yellowed; hinges weak; two old owner's entries on title-page; a few leaves with underlining/ small stains. Lower catch broken; pigskin darkened and worn. Very rare.
Pierre de Besse , born in 1567 in Meymond, village of Laroche-près-Feyt , and died on November 11, 1639 in Paris is a French priest, preacher of king Louis XIII , passed to posterity for his sermons and works published at the beginning of the XVII th century. After a first training in his native region, probably in Herment, he becomes at 16 years pupil of the famous College of Chanac Pompadour rue de Bièvre in Paris of which he will then become the principal in 1614. His studies completed, he is tutor for the family of He became a doctor of theology. In 1591 he was appointed canon of the chapter of Herment . He became its dean in 1601. At the same time, he was a priest in the Saint-Séverin church in Paris. He was one of the first Tridentine priests to give his sermons in French based on the Gospels. From the beginning of the century, his notoriety as a preacher enabled him to publish his sermons then to write other works [ 1 ] . These were a huge success with numerous editions and counterfeits. His works were translated into Latin and German. In 1608, he edited a bilingual Latin and French version of the Bible from the version of the theologians in Louvain. He drew a good fortune from his books as evidenced by his will. With this notoriety, he became the preacher of the Prince of Condé and then of King Louis XIII in 1611. In 1618, he was appointed canon of the Church of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois . He died in 1639 in Paris and was buried before the pulpit of the Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois Church. Despite their wide circulation and their impact on the liturgy, his texts, difficult to read, fell from the middle of the 17th century and were completely forgotten, replaced by those of preachers of greater eloquence like Bossuet . (Source: Wikipedia)

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