BOILEAU, Nicolas.

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BOILEAU, Nicolas.
Satires du Sieur D***. Paris, Claude Barbin, 1666. In-12 (144 x 83 mm) of an engraved frontispiece, 5, 71 pp.; calf speckled, spine ribbed and ornamented, spine glued (contemporary binding). Original edition. It contains the first seven satires by Nicolas Boileau (1636-1711). Inspired by the satires of Horace and Juvenal, they are entirely composed in Alexandrian. "If this collection, which includes Satires I to VII, causes a scandal, it is first of all because Boileau quotes by name those he criticizes. To make his words more effective and decisive, he uses nominal satire: "I call a cat a cat and Rolet a rascal". The public impact of the nomination within a comic statement gives the satire an immediate and performative effect. It has a punitive allure" (Pascal Debailly, Littératures Classiques, 2009, pp.131-144). Beautiful copy, corners and headdresses skillfully restored. Provenance: La Ménaudière (signature on the title) - A. de Claye (ex-libris). Tchemerzine-Scheler, I, 732-733; Magne, 65:11.
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