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[ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S EVE MASSACRE] -- PIBRAC, Guy du Faur, Siegneur de (1529-84). Ornatissimi Cuiusdam Viri, De Rebus Gallicis, Ad Stanislaum Eluidium, Epistola. Paris: Fédéric Morel, 1573. Printer's device on title, italic type. (A few light stains on title.)

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[ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S EVE MASSACRE] -- PIBRAC, Guy du Faur, Siegneur de (1529-84). Ornatissimi Cuiusdam Viri, De Rebus Gallicis, Ad Stanislaum Eluidium, Epistola. Paris: Fédéric Morel, 1573. Printer's device on title, italic type. (A few light stains on title.)
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PIBRAC, Guy du Faur, Siegneur de. Traduction d'une Epistre latine d'un excellent Personage de ce Royaume, faicte par forme de Discours. Paris: Fédéric Morel, 1573. Printer's device on title, roman type.
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NOUVELLET, Claude. Ode Trionfale au Roy, sus l'Equitable Iustice que sa maieste feit des rebelles la veille & iour de Sainct Loys. Paris: Robert Granjon, 1572. 8 leaves, including final blank. Italic type, metalcut headpiece and ornamental initial.

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LE MASLE, Jean. Chant d'Allegresse sur la Mort de Gaspar de Colligny, iadis Admiral de France. Paris: Nicolas Chesneau, 1572. 4 leaves. Printer's device, ornamental initial. Roman and italic type.

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[Charles IX (King of France, 1560-74)]. Letter (secretarial signature) to the Comte de Matignon (his Lieutenant-General in Normandy) referring to pillaging by the Protestants and instructing him to reassure the populace that he will protect their rights and emoluments. 1½ pages, folio, integral address leaf. Written when Matignon had recovered Vire and St. Lô, and prevented the Calvinists from seizing Cherbourg.

4 works in one, 4° (208 x 146mm). 19th-century black morocco, triple gilt fillet on sides, title lettered on flat spine, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges, by Niedrée. Letter of Charles IX to Monsieur de Matignon dated 22 July 1563 tipped onto front flyleaf. Provenance: note in contemporary hand on title; Marquess of Crewe (bookplate).

A rare collection of works concerning the St. Bartholomew's Eve Massacre of Protestants who had gathered in Paris to celebrate the marriage of Marguerite de Valois to Henry of Navarre on 24 August 1572. The first two works are the Latin and French editions of an apology for the massacre by Pibrac, poet and politician. Pibrac accompanied Henri, duke of Anjou, to Poland in 1573 when he had been elected king of Poland; he remained with Henri as chancellor until Henri's return to France the following year to succeed his brother Charles IX as king of France. The final work is a vicious poetical invective against Gaspard de Coligny, the principal leader of the Protestant party who was murdered on St. Bartholomew's Eve. Brunet IV, 629 (Pibrac, Latin and French eds.); cf. Brunet III, 970 (Le Masle).
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