. Good/Unusual nineteenth-century facsimile of the series of prints first published by Richard Breton in 1565 and spuriously attributed to François Rabelais, who had died a dozen years earlier. (One of Breton's engravers, François Desprez, is almost certainly the true artist.) The phantasmagorical and sometimes grotesque figures recall similarly dreamy inventions in the paintings of Bosch and Bruegel, but with some of the social pique of the Dance of Death cycles or emblem books. Several facsimile editions appeared in France in the mid-1800s, but this is the only one without introduction, commentary, or apparatus. . 21 cm;  pages, and  pages full-page illustrations, all reproduced in facsimile from the 1565 edition. Date supplied by copy in University of Glasgow library. Bound in polished calf over marbled boards, gilt-tooled spine; rebacked with Japan paper, worn, spine perished between crown and title label and laid down; corners rubbed. Pencil underscore on title page. (Inventory #: 5714)
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