LAIGUE, Etienne de (fl. 1530s). Singulier traicte contenant la propriete des Tortues, Escargotz, Grenoilles, et Artichaultz. Nouvellement imprime. Lyons: Pierre de Sainte-Lucie dit le Prince [c.1534].
4° (171 x 122mm). With the final blank. Woodcut title vignette with a touch of colour, historiated initials, and printer's device. (Title and some leaves repaired in the margin.) Contemporary limp vellum, upper side lettered 'tortues' in early manuscript (some wear and spotting, upper side repaired, front joint starting and with a small repair at the spine head); red buckram case.
A TALL COPY, IN ITS CONTEMPORARY BINDING, of this early zoological and botanical treatise on the various species, medicinal properties, and culinary uses of turtles, snails and frogs, and artichokes. It is the rarest, according to Brunet, of a number of undated editions, all of which are rare. Lyons and Paris editions are known, with apparently no clear precedence established. The Berès copy of the Lyons edition shows a variant title-page without imprint, within a double-rule frame and with the title in 9 lines rather than 7 (see Pierre Bergé, 20 June 2006, lot 11). RARE: ABPC records only the Dege copy of the Paris edition, in a late binding (Sotheby's, 9 June 2005, lot 351). Baudrier XII: 168; Brunet II: 469; Vicaire 243.