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    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    12 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 92

    CHRONIQUES DE FRANCE -- Le premier [...second, tiers] volume des grans croniques de france. Paris: François Regnault and Guillaume Eustace, 1 October 1514.

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    CHRONIQUES DE FRANCE -- Le premier [...second, tiers] volume des grans croniques de france. Paris: François Regnault and Guillaume Eustace, 1 October 1514.

    3 volumes, 2° (295 x 198mm). Bâtarde type, double column, 50 lines and headline. Xylographic and typographic title in vol. I, xylographic titles in vols. II and III. 50 woodcuts (28; 12; 10, respectively), including repeats, consisting of 27 large and 23 small cuts; Regnault device on title and last page of vol. I, Eustace device (Renouard 309) at end of vol. III, woodcut grotesque initial L on vols. II and III titles, white-on-black and other woodcut initials. (Without final blank leaf in vol. II, narrow stain at extreme upper margin of vol. I, light stain on a few leaves elsewhere.) French polished tan calf of c.1830 by Simier, sides panelled in black and gilt, Pavée de Vendeuvre arms at corners, Audenet monogram supralibros [Guigard II, p.23] at centre, gilt spine, gilt turn-ins, edges gilt over red, slipcases edged in calf (tiny split at head of vol. I). Provenance: a few early marginal annotations -- Baron Pavée de Vendeuvre (1779-1870; binding) -- Adolphe Audenet (1800-72; binding).

    THIRD EDITION, THE SECOND ILLUSTRATED. The Chroniques de France is also known as the Chroniques de Saint-Denis, owing to its compilation from the 12th to 15th century by the monks of Saint-Denis. They were recognised as official historians of the French monarchy, and, appropriately, the Chroniques glorifies France and her rulers. It was begun by Abbot Suger (d.1151) in Latin, translated by Alexandre Primat c.1274, and continued by Guillaume de Nangis (fl. 1285-1300), Jean Chartier, and others. From the 14th century the continuations were written in French. Eustace reprinted Vérard's 1493 edition, complete with the dedication to Charles VIII (d.1498) and a number of Vérard's woodcuts, since, as the letter patent at the end of the last volume states, it was out of print and unavailable. Some copies, including the present Audenet copy, were issued by François Regnault and bear his device, rather than Eustace's, on the first title, and a large presentation woodcut on the title verso replaces Eustace's full-page device. Brunet I: 1869; Moreau, Ed. Parisiennes 1514.796; Winn Vérard, p.257. Not in Adams, Mortimer, Harvard French, or Davies, Murrary French. (3)


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