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24 April 2001
[PROVENCE]. Ordonnances du treschrestien Roy de France, Francoys premier ... observees en ses pays de Provence, Forcalquier & terres adiancentes. Lyons: Denis de Harsy for Antoine Vincent, March 1535-1536.
4o (244 x 166 mm). cxxv,  leaves. Bâtarde type. Title-page in Roman type printed in red and black within woodcut border incorporating small version of Vincent's device. Large woodcut historiated initials, grotesque-head and other decorative initials. Publisher's full-page woodcut device of SS. Peter and Paul (Silvestre 391). (This and the following works with some marginal staining.) FIRST EDITION. Brunet II:387-8.
[Bound with:] Sensuyvent les taux, moderations, salaires & emolumens des greffiers du Parlement... de Provence. Avec les villes & chasteaulx de Provence extraictes par Maistre Antoine Arena. Lyons: Denis de Harsy, 1545. 4o.  leaves. Bâtarde type. Title-page in Roman type printed within woodcut border. Woodcut arms of France. Woodcut initials. Second edition. Brunet II:388.
[Bound with:] Les Statutz, et coustumes de Provence. Avec commentaires sur aucuns desdictz statutz par maistre Lois Masse. Avignon: Pierre Roux, 1557. 4o.  leaves (last blank), 160 pages (southern French paper watermarked with initials AF, cf. Briquet 9237-9). Roman and Italic types. Woodcut device (identical to Gryphius' device of a griffon) within woodcut frame on title-page. FIRST EDITION of Lois Masse's commentary. Brunet II:387.
Contemporary local binding of yellow-green doeskin over pasteboard, wastepaper pastedowns of the Milanese printers Giovanni Giacomo de Legnano e fratelli, first quarter of the 16th century, inscribed "Salnan Notere" on top edge (a trifle worn). Provenance: contemporary own ers' signatures.
AN EXTREMELY IMPORANT COLLECTION OF EARLY PROVENçAL LAWS AND STATUTES. The first edition of the Ordonnances is of particular rarity. Denis de Harsy had to settle for issuing the second edition of the Taux, since a three-year Royal privilege for that text had been granted to Dominique de Portonariis. The third work is the first production of Pierre Roux, Avignon's most prolific printer in the second half of the 16th century. Most are written in Latin, but some are in the Provençal language.
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