La communion dévote. 2 parts in a volume, Amsterdam, Humbert, 1722. With engraved frontispiece. Currently with brass clasp (slightly stained, rubbed and bumped). First editions 1695 and 1699. – Jean de la Placette (1639-1718) worked after the Huguenots were expelled from France in Königsberg, Copenhagen, The Hague and Utrecht.
Flying intent verso and title page with old ownership notes, minor marginal blemishes, browned and somewhat stained.
The man behind the book
La Placette, Jean, a distinguished French Protestant theologian and moralist, was born at Pontac, in Bearn, January 19, 1639, and studied theology at the Protestant Academy of Montauban.
Appointed pastor of Orthez in 1660, he removed in the same capacity to Nai in 1664, and remained there until the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, refusing several pressing invitations from the important congregation of Charenton.
At the revocation he obtained leave to go to Holland, from whence he afterwards went to Prussia. In 1686 he finally accepted the office of pastor to the French Church at Copenhagen, which he held until 1711. He then resigned and retired to Utrecht, where he died April 25, 1718.