Cabinet Royal De L’Espovx Mevblé Par Son Espovse. Avec Les Iardin Spirituel…Auquel est adioustée l’Oraison Funebre dudit Sr. le Iau. Jean-Paul LE JAU.
Cabinet Royal De L’Espovx Mevblé Par Son Espovse. Avec Les Iardin Spirituel…Auquel est adioustée l’Oraison Funebre dudit Sr. le Iau.
Cabinet Royal De L’Espovx Mevblé Par Son Espovse. Avec Les Iardin Spirituel…Auquel est adioustée l’Oraison Funebre dudit Sr. le Iau.
“DE TOUTE RARETÉ” — LAPORTE

Cabinet Royal De L’Espovx Mevblé Par Son Espovse. Avec Les Iardin Spirituel…Auquel est adioustée l’Oraison Funebre dudit Sr. le Iau.

Évreux, N. II Hamillon 1631.

Two parts in one volume. 8vo. [iix], 409 [r. 403], [1]p. and [v], [27]p. Woodcut ornaments on both titles.

19th-century gilt-ruled brown morocco (rubbed, some scuffs), gilt spine and morocco label, red edges.

Only Edition of this guide to cloistered life, written for the Ursulines at Évreux (est. 1623) by the dean of the cathedral there and founder of the convent. The Cabinet has two principal parts, both extended allegories. In one the spiritual qualities of the nun (or novice) are compared to her cell and its furniture — the bed (where Christ is welcomed into the soul as he was in the manger), the table (where Christ feeds and sustains), the candelabra (the individual candles of which are traits that illuminate the darkness) and the chair (each leg an attribute of devotion). In the other, the convent garden’s edible abundance (apples, pomegranates, nuts…) and flowers (hyssop, lilies, narcissus) represent the fruits of faith.
     Nicolas Hébert (fl. 1629-31) edited and posthumously published the text. He also wrote the funeral oration on La Jau, which, despite the reference to it on the title, was sold separately. He dedicated both works to the sisters.
     These are Hamillon’s first two books at Évreux, to which he was called by the Bishop and where he stayed for two decades. I have located only two other copies (both in France). In good condition (light marginal stains, a few leaves poorly inked, some shoulder notes just shaved), bookplates of bibliophiles Louis-Rangeart de la Germonière (1807-1887) and Charles Lormier (1825-1900; Cat. (1901) 128), 18th-century engraved coat of arms of the ?Champion family (Normandy) facing the main title.
¶Laporte, Bibliographie Clérico-Galante 109; Répertoire bibliographique des livres imprimés en France au XVIIe siècle XIII: 167,38 (Le Jau) & 37 (Hébert); Frère, Manuel du bibliographe normand I: 199 (Le Jau) & 70 (Hebert); Le Preux, Gallia typographica III(1): 409-10; Brunet, Suppl. 822 “rare”; see Langlois’ Histoire de la Congrégation de la Providence d’Évreux 45.

Item #11000

Price: $2,800.00