Les Remarques Sçavantes et curieuses d'un homme du monde, sur plusieurs sujets differens
"A Paris: chez Jacques Langlois Imprimeur Ordinaire du Roy, 8221. 8vo (160 x 100 mm).  leaves, 261,  pp. 23 lines and headlines, in a neat cursive hand: the manuscript imitates a printed text, including a title-page with imprint, signatures, catchwords, running heads, shoulder notes, and a pen-and-ink "head-piece." Worm damage affecting text near gutters in pp. 179-182. Nineteenth-century red morocco gilt, sides with triple fillet borders, spine densely gold-tooled, gilt edges, by Lortic, according to a pencil inscription on flyleaf. Provenance: the first page is inscribed at top "A. V. Couche"; Paul Desq, bookplate, sale 1866, lot 906; Gustave Mouravit, inkstamp, sale 1938, lot 94.***A manuscript imitating a printed book, complete with half-title, title with imprint, signatures, head-lines, shoulder-notes, printer's permission dated 20 August 1696, and an achevé d'imprimer, dated 8 October 1698. No edition of that date is recorded, but the text was published under a similar title (Remarques sçavantes et curieuses sur divers sujets) in 1702, by T. Guillain in Paris (accompanying a separately paginated French translation of Giovanni Battista Gherardini's Relation d'un voyage de la Chine). The present manuscript matches that 1702 edition page for page, suggesting that the latter may have been a reprint of a now lost edition of 1698. True to the title, the text provides a smorgasbord of curiosities, from black magic to the origins of history to ethnographic snippets, and long lists of the nobility of various countries. This kind of miscellaneous magazine-like text was a precursor of newspapers, and of the entertaining mélanges of the French court almanacs that became popular forty or fifty years later.
(Inventory #: 2757)
Continental printed books and manuscripts; Renaissance and Baroque literature; Incunables; Illustrated books
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