JOUBERT, Laurent (1529-1582). Traité du ris, contenant son essance, ses causes, et mervelheus effais, curieusemant recerchés, raisonnés & observés. Paris: Nicolas Chesneau, 1579.
8º (161 x 99mm). Without the front blank. 18th-century red morocco, probably by Derome, flat spine gilt in compartments centred with fleurons, gilt triple fillet to sides, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges. Provenance: Jacques-Charles Brunet (1868, 130) – Ambroise Firmin-Didot (gilt label; VI, June 1884, 205) - La Roche Lacarelle (gilt label; 1888, 89).
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST TREATISE ON LAUGHTER, WRITTEN, ACCORDING TO MICHAUD, ‘D’UNE MANIÈRE ASSEZ LICENSIEUSE’.
This unusual work is most renowned for its study of French orthography, one of the many attempts at its reform, and takes the form of a dialogue between a Frenchman, Fransais, and a German, Wolfgang. Laurent Joubert studied medicine at Paris, Padua, Turin and Bologna, taking his MD at Montpellier in 1558, where he succeeded Rondelet to the chair of anatomy. Hirsch writes that he was ‘one of the most famous representatives of the medical faculty during the 16th century’. Joubert was physician to kings Henri II and Henri IV.
Bibliotheca Esoterica 60653 (‘very rare’); Caillet, 5627; Guaita, 427; Catach, L’Orthographe Française à l’époque de la Renaissance, pp. 191-194.