Le droict chemin de Lopital Et de ceulx qui en sont possesseurs & heritiers.

?Paris, s.n., ?150-. Small 8vo (127 mm.). [16]p. Gothic type (92), 23 lines per page, floriated woodcut initials L & O. 19th-century violet morocco, gilt lettered flat spine, all edges gilt. ADMONITORY CATALOG OF UNRULY CHILDREN, SLUTS, GLUTTONS, party hounds, debtors, Jacks-of-all-Trades, servants dining on the best wines and meats . I have traced eight editions, four in single examples. “Its astonishing popularity compelled imitation because of its catholicity of folly [and] pin-point descriptions” (Moore). It spawned Copeland’s Hye Way to the Spyttle Hous (c. 1536), the anonymous Dutch Den Rechten Weg nae ’t Gaesthuys (?1550), Gringore’s Les abus (1509), Desmoulins’ Le cymetière (1511) and Adonville’s Les regretz (1529/30). Marchans qui achetent chier & vendent a bon marche & a credit Ceulx qui mengent leur ble en herbe [as did Rabelais’ Panurge]I have traced eight editions, four in single examples. The present version differs slightly from the Lyon 1502 and Paris 1525 printings — in content it is closer to the former, in orthography and phrasing to the latter. When he purchased Mlle Maus’ books, Heilbrun thought this Lyonese (Mareschal & Chaussard c. 1495). From the libraries of ?C. Nodier (Cat. (1829) 573, colophon as here), N. Yemeniz (Cat. (1867) 1643), A. Firmin-Didot (Cat. 6-15.VI.1878, 624 “fort rare”), C. Fairfax-Murray (French Books p. [xiii]) and Edmée Maus (Inventaire 104). The top margins are short; some lower margins preserve their deckle.Bechtel, Cat. des gothiques (2010) B-11 this copy; Brunet I: 1830 (Nodier copy); Moore, “The Evolution of a 16th century Satire” in Miscellany L.E. Kastner (1932) 351-60; Tamizey de Larroque, “Notice sur Robert De Balsac” in Rev. des langues romanes XVI (1886) 276-309; Allut, Champier III: 116-26. Item #5445

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