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Gaguin (1433?–1502), one of the greatest Parisian humanists of the late 15th century, was a disciple and successor of Guillaume Fichet; he assisted Fichet "in establishing the first printing press in Paris and may have been instrumental in attracting Josse Bade to the capital" (Contemporaries of Erasmus). He was also a patron or friend of Pico della Mirandola, Erasmus, and other young Humanists visiting or living for a while in Paris.
This "compendium" is his most celebrated work, a chronicle first published at Paris in 1495 that "exhibited a measure of historical criticism" (Contemporaries of Erasmus). It is devoted to the Hundred Years War, the Italian Wars, and the reigns of Charles VIII and Louis XII.
The text is printed in roman with some gothic with a variety of woodcut initials. The title-page consists of the title in one line of type above an => elaborate, essentially full-page woodcut incorporating full-body portraits of Charlemagne, St. Louis, and St. Dagobert, the coats of arms of 12 of the principal regions of France, and the coat of arms of France itself flanked by two stags rampant. The work was printed by Rembolt for Jehan Petit, with => Petit's device in large format appearing on the verso of the last leaf.
Evidence of readership: Scattered early marginalia, chiefly of a word or three or four, some marks of emphasis (underscoring, manicules).
Provenance: 19th-century ownership signature of "Wm. H. Burroughs, Savannah, Georgia" on folio aa8v and 312v. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams A17; Moreau, Éditions parisiennes du XVI siècle, II, 78, 91; Renouard, Badius Ascensius, II, 451, 7. On Gaguin, see: Contemporaries of Erasmus, II, 69–70. Full 20th-century alum-tawed brown goat, mottled, with spine and top area of front board sunned to a pale tan (part of front board protected by a smaller volume?); raised bands, blind tooling on boards. Some dates written in pencil in margins, other marginalia as above; last quarter with variable old waterstaining. => A nice copy. (Inventory #: 40646)