Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Recently Acquired Rare and Antiquarian Materials

As 2012 comes to a close, we welcome 2013 with important acquisitions ranging from a French translation of Colonna's Hypnerotomachia and a rare first edition of Castiglione's commentary on Petrarch's Canzoniere to a collection of works by Arthur Rimbaud's sister, Isabelle.  For scholars interested in the literary productions of the French Reformation, we have acquired a volume containing several important works by the French poet Clément Marot, including his Épigrammes and his translation of Ovid's Metamorphosis.

French Works

Carmen d'Assilva: sa carrière littéraire et artistique racontée par les grands journaux quotidiens de Paris. Paris: Librairie de la Province, 1903.

Colonna, Francesco, and Béroalde de Verville. Le tableav des riches inventions couuertes du voile des feintes amoureuses, qui sont representees dans le Songe de Poliphile, desvoilees des ombres du Song & subtilement exposees par Beroalde. A. Paris: Chez Matthieu Guillemont, 1600.

"First Edition of Béroalde's French version, based on the anonymous version of the Kerver edition of 1546.  It is the present edition, with its new alchemical symbols on the title-page, and their explanation in its new preface, that formally introduced the Hypnerotomachia into the literature of alchemy . . .  The 181 handsome illustrations, most first printed in the Kerver edition, are based on the woodcuts designed for the first edition of the original Italian text, printed by Aldus in Venice, in 1499."

Marot, Clément. Les Épigrammes de Clément Marot, divisez en deux livres... - Le Premier livre de la Métamorphose d'Ovide, translaté de latin en françoys par Clément Narot ["sic"]. [L'Adieu envoyé aux dames de court au moys d'octobre 1537. Le Dieu gard de Marot à la court.] - Les Cantiques de la paix, par Clément Marot, ensemble le Cantique de la Royne sur la maladie et convalescence du Roy, par ledict Marot. [Dialogue nouveau fort joyeulx. Églogue de Marot au Roy soulz les noms de Pan et Robin. Le Valet de Marot contre Sagon. Épistre à Sagonet, à la Hueterie, par Clément Marot. Marot à l'Empereur. Les Estraines de Marot.]. Paris: A. Lotrian, 1542.

"Clément Marot (1496-1544), the celebrated French Protestant poet, native of Cahors, moved to Paris when his father was appointed secretary to Anne de Bretagne.  In 1526 he succeeded his father as valet de chambre to Francois I."  Following exile for his Protestant sympathies, "Marot returned to France.  During a further period at the French court Marot enjoyed considerable literary success, his Oeuvres being published in 1538. . . .  The present volume, . . ., contains Marot's wittily satirical Épigrammes, among which are the first, and most notorious examples, of two popular poetic genres created by Marot: the Blason and the Contreblason.

Rimbaud, Isabelle. Reliques: Rimbaud mourant ; Mon frère Arthur; Le dernier voyage de Rimbaud ; Rimbaud catholique ; Dans les remous de la bataille (passages censurés). Paris: Mercure de France, 1921.

"One of 525 numbered copies on Vergé pur fil.  A moving work by the poet's sister, who had written Mon frère Arthur one year earlier.  Devoutly Catholic, Isabelle married M. Pierre Dufour (Paterne Berrichon), a Rimbaud scholar and author of the earliest biographical study, La Vie de Jean-Arthur Rimbaud, Paris, 1897."

Salm, Constance de. Épître aux souverains absolus, par Mme la princesse Constance de Salm. Paris: Sédillot, 1831.

"A poet, playwright, and novelist, [Salm] was first married to a surgeon named Pipelet de Leury and later to a German botanist, the Prince of Salm-Dyck.  Her poetry began appearing on the eve of the French Revolution and regularly thereafter until 1835.  She was well educated and held feminist ideas during the post-revolutionary years--a period during which women's rights were severely threatened.  In this politically charged epistle, Salm exhorts the ruling monarchs to fulfill the promises made to the people."

Villedieu, d' Alègre, and Subligny. Les avantures ou mémoires de la vie de Henriette Sylvie de Molière. La Haye: Henri du Sauzet, 1695.

Italian Works

Castiglione, Giovanni Battista da, and Francesco Petrarca. I Luoghi Difficili Del Petrarcha Nuouamente Dichiarati. Ff. 66. Per G.A. di Nicolini & Fratelli: Vinegia, 1532.

"First (and apparently only) edition of this philosophical and theological commentary on the more obscure and esoteric passages of Petrarch's Canzoniere, including many parallels from the works of Plato. . . .  Castiglione's commentary departs from the usual stylistic and linguistic tradition in favor of a search for the philosophical (primarily Platonic) and theological content of Petrarch's verses."

Picinelli, Filippo, and Paolo Baglioni. Mondo simbolico formato d'imprese scelte, ed illustrate consentenze, ed eruditioni, sacre, e profane, che somministrano à gli oratori, predicatori, accademici, poeti. Venetia: presso Paolo Baglioni, 1678.

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