Les Reglemens De L’Abbaye De Nostre-Dame De La Trappe. France LA TRAPPE, Notre-Dame de la Trappe, Abbey.
Les Reglemens De L’Abbaye De Nostre-Dame De La Trappe.

Les Reglemens De L’Abbaye De Nostre-Dame De La Trappe.

Paris, F. and P. II Delaulne 1698.

12mo. [xiix], 251 [r. 267]p.

Contemporary sprinkled calf (hinges neatly repaired), spine and label gilt, edges sprinkled red.

First Edition, second issue, of the complete Rules governing the monks at the famed La Trappe Abbey (est. 1122) in their newly embraced strict observance, initiated there in the 1660s by Armand de Rancé (1626-1700). The present text is four times as long as Rancé’s draft Constitutions (published 1671). The revised and enlarged Rules appeared in 1690, and the Delaulne brothers subsequently bought the unsold sheets, prepared a new title and facing stock advertisement, which offers four Trappist titles.
     Framed in eighteen sections and some one hundred articles, the Rules concern care of the sick (30p., much on phlebotomy), the bindings and use of books, worship and liturgical choreography, conduct in the cloister, in the dormitory and during the extremely abstemious meals, mandatory manual labor, near universal silence and guest hospitality (King James II visited while in exile). The Trappists are now renown for their ten monastic brews, particularly what is said to be the world’s best beer, Westvleteren 12. I have found one copy of the Delaulne issue in the U.S. and none of the other. In good condition (pale stain to some blank lower outer corners).
¶Tournoüer, Bibliographie et iconographie de la Maison-Dieu Notre-Dame de la Trappe I: 365; Frère, Manuel du bibliographe normand II: 432; Conlon, Le Prélude au Siècle des Lumières 4711 (1690).

Item #10868

Price: $1,250.00