16 June 2015
ARS MORIENDI -- L'Art & science de bien vivre & bien mourir: contenant trois parties. Paris: Nicolas Bonfons, 1603.
4° (219 x 146mm). 66 woodcut illustrations in the text, woodcut initials. (Occasional light browning, title repaired at head and inner margin, affecting just a few letters.) Brown morocco by Duru & Chambolle, dated 1863, gilt turn-ins, gilt and marbled edges (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Edouard Rahir (booklabel; V, 1226) -- Bechtel (booklabel).
AN EXTREMELY RARE LATE ARS MORIENDI PUBLISHED IN PARIS AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE 17TH CENTURY AND ILLUSTRATED WITH 66 WOODCUTS.
One of the bestsellers of the 15th and 16th centuries, the Ars moriendi is known through more than 230 manuscripts (mainly in Latin) as well as numerous editions. Its enduring success was due primarily due to the series of large and often crude engravings depicting the diabolical temptations, and views from Hell. The Parisian printer Nicolas Bonfons specialised in these popular books written in the vernacular, mainly printed in French and illustrated. He issued romances of chivalry, shepherds' calendars, etc. A fine copy.
Festschift Otto Schäffer, 1987, Der Schäfer-Kalender, p. 266: Paris, Bonfons,  only mentioned; the only copy known is in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
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