25 May 2016
Abrégé de la généalogie des Dieux, de leurs faits, et de leurs amours, in French, manuscript on paper [France], 1709
An ‘amusement’, as described by its author, cataloguing in abridged form the lives and stories associated with the Gods and heroes of Greek and Roman mythology, from Saturn to Orestes, Venus to Proserpina, the Penates to the Nymphs.
Abrégé de la généalogie des Dieux ff.1-285; Table des Chapitres ff.285v-287v; blanks ff.288-291.
(1) Dated 1709 on f.3. (2) 18th-century inscription on f.289: ‘Escrit et renvoyé à M. D[...]ba[..] son ordonnance de 3000 livres le 14 mars 1714’. (3) F. MASSOY, autograph ex libris, ‘3e sans culottide An LXXVII’. (4) MAURICE BURRUS, no 184. Purchased from Lauria in 1937.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION AND CONDITION :
151 x 115mm. iv + 154 + iv, COMPLETE, pagination 1-291, c.30 lines of text (occasional marginal staining and spotting). 19th-century French silver binding with central panels depicting the Baptism and the Temptation of Christ, over red velvet, with clasp.
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