16 June 2015
[PELLETIER, Thomas.] Discours lamentable sur l'attentat et parricide commis en la personne de tres-heureuse memoire Henry IIII, roy de France & de Navarre. Paris: François Huby, 1610.
8° (158 x 98mm). 15pp. Woodcut device on title, headpiece and initial. (Tiny marginal wormhole just touching a couple of letters.) 19th-century red morocco c.1830, covers panelled with an outer palmette roll in blind around a triple gilt fillet border enclosing a central panel with interlocking lozenge, quatrefoil cornerpieces and small volute side tools, gilt title on flat spine, gilt edges. Provenance: Marquis de Lambilly (armorial bookplate).
EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION (?) OF THIS NEWS PAMPHLET ANNOUNCING THE ASSASSINATION OF KING HENRI IV BY RAVAILLAC IN PARIS ON MAY 14, 1610.
Another edition, in 16 pages, appeared in Paris the same year, but no priority can be established. The text was then reprinted in Rouen and Lyon and was even translated into English and published in London. Sometimes ascribed to Pierre Pelletier, the pamphlet is more likely to be the work of Thomas Pelletier, the author of numerous historical as well as political books devoted to his times.
Picot, Catalogue James de Rothschild, 2257; Soultrait, 17th century 229.
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