JOINVILLE, Jean, Sieur de (?1224-1317). Histoire de S. Loys IX du Nom, Roy de France. Paris: Sebastien Cramoisy, 1617.
2 parts, 4° (241 x 169mm). Titles printed in red and black, 2 full-page engraved portraits of St. Louis and Louis XIII by Léonard Gaultier, half-page text engraving of coins, woodcut criblé and ornamental initials, head- and tail-pieces, ruled in red. (Small stain on title and a few other leaves, occasional ink smudge, a few preliminary leaves rehinged, a few pencil markings.) Contemporary Paris olive morocco gilt, possibly by the workshop of Clovis Eve, sides with the arms of Marie de Medicis [Olivier 2504, fer 2] on a semé of fleurs-de-lis and crowned M monogram [fer 4] at corners, flat spine with the same semé and monogram at centre, gilt edges (very minor repairs at corners and joints). Provenance: Marie de' Medici (1575-1642; binding) – [?William Beckford (not in his 1882 sales but ascribed to him on label of:) – Adolphe Bordes (booklabel at end) – Jacques Guérin (sale Paris, Drouot, 7 June 1990, 29).
A DE LUXE COPY, LUXURIOUSLY BOUND BY CLOVIS EVE FOR MARIE DE' MEDICI, QUEEN OF THE DEDICATEE, HENRY IV.
This classic history of King St. Louis, written by a contemporary, was first published in 1547 from a manuscript copy from the library of King René. The present edition is based on another, newly discovered manuscript and is joined by a second part, including various texts on St. Louis, which appears here for the first time.