Paris, [Pierre Vidoue] for Regnault I Chaudière July 1520.
4to. [v], p. Roman type, large white-line metalcut initial, a woodcut Chaudière title device (Renouard 155).
16th-century reversed yellow calf stamped and ruled in black (minor defects), central medallion of interlacing strapwork on an azured ground, ruled spine.
Vida, Marco Girolamo. c. 1485-1566.
Hymni de Rebus Diuinis. Louvain, A.M. Bergaigne 1552. 8vo. [ii], p. Italic type, a woodcut Bergaigne device on the title and final verso.
Ad I: First Edition, first issue. Friend of Budé and inspiration to Marot and Rabelais, the Benedictine humanist, pedagogue, playwright and poet begins with VERSES CELEBRATING THE SHORT-LIVED BETROTHAL IN LATE 1518 OF THE TWO-YEAR-OLD MARY TUDOR TO THE INFANT FRANÇOIS III, the respective heirs to the English and French thrones. Clément Marot drew directly on the next poem, the elegant “Thoughts on Christ the Savior” for his own “Contemplative Prayer before the Cross”. Distinguished by wit and learning, Barthélemy’s comic, sacred and personal epigrams address THE SCHOLAR WHO BUYS BOOKS BUT NEVER READS THEM, the wife who hates her husband, physicians, painters, syphilis, drunkenness, COMMENTARIES IN MANUSCRIPT CODICES Louis XII and religious themes. The most tantalizingly piece is HIS PROLOGUE TO A COMEDY HE WROTE THEN A FELLOW DRAMATIST STOLE: the name of the play remains a mystery. Corrections to one quire mark the second issue. I have located one copy in the U.S. (Harvard). In good condition (single worm trail through the text, a few spots), two contemporary marginal annotations.
¶Gauthier, “Un professeur et poète du début du XVIe siècle: Nicolas Barthélemy de Loches” in Nouveaux regards sur les “Apollons de collège” edd. Ferrand & Istasse 183-206; Van Tieghem, La Littérature latine de la Renaissance 113; Moreau, Inventaire chronologique des éditions parisiennes du XVIe siècle II: 2245; BP16 103907; Cioranesco 3135 (“1521. 8°”, not seen).
Ad II: The sacred verse of “one of the greatest poets of sixteenth-century Italy” (Contemps. of Erasmus III: 391-2). Vida meditates on the Trinity, Crucifixion and Eucharist and praises prophets, apostles, saints and martyrs. This is among the earliest of Vida’s works printed in the Low Countries. I have located two copies of this edition in the North America. In good condition (two marginal flaws, last half stained, single wormtrail through the text), some lower edges uncut; 19th-century inscription in French on the title.
¶Di Cesare, Bibliotheca Vidiana 397; Cockx-Indestge & Glorieux, Belgica typographica 1541-1600 4763; USTC 404930.