16 June 2015
[CHRONIQUE DE TURPIN]. Cronique et histoire … contenant les prouesses et faictz d'armes ... des tres magnanime roy Charles le grant .... et de son nepveu Raouland. Paris: for Regnauld Chauldiere [by Pierre Vidoue, 8 June 1527].
Small 4° (221 x 155mm). Gothic type. Woodcut historiated title border, historiated and criblé initials. (Lightly washed, some light residual soiling and spotting at margins, without final blank.) Blue morocco janseniste by Trautz-Bauzonnet, spine with raised bands lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins. Provenance: Jean Joseph Sosthène, baron de La Roche Lacarelle (1816-1887, morocco label Drouot, 30 April-5 May 1888, lot 323).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS TRANSLATION OF TURPIN'S ACCOUNT OF CHARLEMAGNE'S THREE EXPEDITIONS TO SPAIN. THE LA ROCHE LACARELLE COPY.
The author did not simply translate into Latin the chronicle of Turpin (d. 1800), Archbishop of Reims and companion of Charlemagne, but also added imaginary events that make this book a true tale of chivalry. A beautiful copy, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet.
Adams T-1164; Moreau III, 1344 (under Pseudo-Turpin, noting: 'Adaptation anon., dédiée à François Ier, et établie d’après la traduction de Nicolas de Senlis [?]').
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