1549 · Parisiis
Sole edition of these poems dedicated to Marguerite de Valois, addressing numerous people including Anne de Montmorency, Jean du Bellay, and Charles de Lorraine, from "the first major Neo-Latin poet of France" (The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin, p. 417). The text is neatly printed in roman and italic with fleurons marking the start of each poem and => a fantastic woodcut printer's device on the title page: "Truth is a knife to the neck of a man who does not respect it," as per CRAI (University of Barcelona, our translation).
Binding: Signed 19th-century red morocco, covers triple-ruled and spine compartments stamped and lettered in gilt; board edges double-ruled in gilt, arch and daisy gilt roll with dentelles on turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Binder's minute rubber-stamp reading "Petit Succr. de Simier" on front free endpaper.
Evidence of Readership: Five leaves with marginal words, numbers, underlining, or accents in an early hand; a French genealogical note, written in another hand, tucked into the front cover.
Provenance: Small armorial rubber-stamp of Christian symbolist and archaeologist Louis Charbonneau-Lassay on first and last leaf of text, with his gift inscription to "le Comte François de Rilly" (i.e., François Odart de Rilly d'Oysonville) dated 18 March 1929 on front endpaper; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Not in Adams; Brunet, III, p. 1285. On the device, see: CRAI, Centre de Recursos per a l'Aprenentatge i la Investigació, University of Barcelona. Bound as above; a few miniscule scuffs on covers. Provenance and readership markings as above. Pages with light age-toning; one small ink smudge. => Neo-Latin poetry gorgeously "packaged. (Inventory #: 37911)