Scott H. Duvall, in his citation for the copy of Lettres patentes
at Brigham Young University, crystallizes in a sentence the message of the pamphlet: "Because many towns, and even Parlements, had not published the latest Edict of Pacification, the King orders them to do so, and to follow its contents." (Duvall.) An edict of pacification was, essentially, a sovereign order ostensibly permitting freedoms in the Reformed Church. Edicts were issued in 1562 and 1563, and then again in 1568; this last, termed the Edict of Longjumeau, which ended the second of the French Wars of Religion, is the subject of present pamphlet. Charles IX revoked all the edicts of pacification a few months later with the Edict of Saint Maur, and the Third War began. Charles's order to publish in Lettres patentes was evidently heeded—the edict soon appeared in printings at Lyon, Troyes, Orléans, Rouen, and Paris; even an English translation materialized, published in London by William Seres the same year. American holdings at BYU and Newberry.
Paris: Robert Estienne, 1568.
Octavo, 159 x 97 x 1 mm; A4,  pp. Binding of old, heavy, fawn paper wraps, slightly worn. Leaves toned, small hole in tail gutter margin, not near text, evidence of guarding to gutter margins. At one time a member of a Sammelband; ink numbering to first and last pages: 169 and 176. Octavo
, 159 x 97 x 1 mm; A4,  pp. Binding of old, heavy, fawn paper wraps, slightly worn. Interior
: Leaves toned, small hole in tail gutter margin, not near text, evidence of guarding to gutter margins. At one time a member of a Sammelband; ink numbering to first and last pages: 169 and 176.
Provenance: Monogrammatic ex-libris of Albert H. Howard inside lower cover; green label of J. L. Beijers inside front cover; ex-libris of Paul Schmidt inside front cover; contemporary initials in ink to title ?TG. Albert A. Howard had been rare books cataloguer at the University of Southern Maine, and it is there that his eponymous Book History Collection resides. J. L. Beijers, established in Utrecht in 1865, quickly grew from a bookselling establishment to a major regional publisher and auctioneer. Stalled and nearly driven out of business by World War II, the firm revived in 1947 and persists to this day. Paul Frédéric Schmidt, a bibliophile who focused on early imprints from his home city of Strasbourg, also collected Reformation works, political writings, and the output of Huguenot authors. Following his death in 1910, his library of more than 200 incunabula and 600 later works were auctioned in Paris by Hôtel Drouot (Blogie II, 273).
Duvall, Scott H. French Political Pamphlets Collection (BYU), 125; Renouard, A. A., Annales de l'imprimerie des Estienne, 171.8 (under the heading "Edict sur la Pacification"); Lindsay & Neu French Political Pamphlets, 614. Not in Schreiber.