Lot n° 1039
1500 - 2000
Result with fees
: 2 780EUR
Carminum libri quartet. Lyon, printed by Étienne Dolet at Sébastien Gryphe's, 1538. In-4 (223 x 158 mm) of 2 ff.n.ch., 175 pp., 2 ff.n.ch.; aubergine morocco, triple gilt fillet framing, ornate ribbed spine, roulette on cuts, gilt edges (Wood).
First complete edition of the Carmina and first appearance of Dolet's typographic mark, the doloire, the axe used to cut leather and wood.
The first two books of the Carmina were published in 1534 in the Orationes duae in Tholosam.
This first complete edition of the four books of the Carmina is precious for the history of humanism and the biography of Étienne Dolet. It tells the story of his escape through the Auvergne in the middle of winter and how he obtained the king's pardon after the assassination of the painter Compaing.
The famous banquet given to celebrate the royal pardon is mentioned. Some of the humanists to whom the Carmina plays and poems are dedicated are mentioned: Bérault, Budé, Danès, Toussaint,
Macrin, Bourbon, Visagier, Marot and Rabelais to whom Dolet dedicates five poems. One of these poems deals with the dissection made before Vesalius by Rabelais at the hospital in Lyon on the body of a hanged man (the speaker being the body). The Sorbonne denounced the book, spotting in it a poem addressed to the subversive
Mélanchthon and the use of the word fatum in a sense that it considered anti-Christian (a delicate word in quarrels over predestination). Carmina and Cato Christianus were demanded to be removed.
It has a large initial of 11 lines and 7 smaller initials.
Good copy, washed at the time of binding.
Provenance: Samuel Ashton Thompson Yates (ex-libris).
Adams, D-758; Brunet, II, 796; Longeon, 30;
Copley Christie, III, 1; Peignot, Livres condamnés I, 108.
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