5 April 2016
LA POPELLINIERE, Lancelot du Voisin, Sieur de (1541-1608). L’amiral de France. Paris: Thomas Perier, 1584.
4° (218 x 159 mm). (Pale stain in lower corner of first few leaves.) 17th-century vellum (recased).
FIRST EDITION. A most unusual book by the author of Les Trois Mondes ... It was probably owing to the demand aroused by the publication of his Les Trois Mondes in 1582 that La Popellinière determined to publish ... L’Admiral de France, in 1584... In the dedication to Anne de Joyeuse, Admiral of France, La Popellinière refers to the kindness with which the Duc de Joyeuse had received the project of his Les Troise Mondes. The author devotes his pages to a history of the French navy since the earliest, almost prehistoric, times, and gives exact details of the navy regulations and a very interesting and accurate account of he position of an Admiral, not only in France but in many other countries” (Maggs, Bibliotheca Americana VII (1928), p. 92). Adams L200; Alden & Landis 584/42; Cioranescu XVI, 12559; Polak 5311.
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