Item #11150 Historia Strenarvm. Theodorus MARCILIUS.
Historia Strenarvm.
Historia Strenarvm.

Historia Strenarvm.

Paris, É. Prevosteau 1596.

Half-sheet 8vo. 72p. A woodcut Prevosteau device on the title.

Contemporary gilt-ruled vellum over soft paper boards, gilt oval medallion of the Crucifixion on the front panel and of the Annunciation on the rear, flat with gilt rules and lilies, early manuscript spine title (faded), all edges gilt; text ruled in red.

First Edition, and a fine copy. These discourses on New Year’s Day gift-giving debate whether the pagan tradition condemned by the Church is a pernicious superstition or an innocent practice of early Christians sanctioned by Scripture. A poem on the annual ritual follows, and the book concludes with verses in which War, Justice, Peace, Wisdom and France speak. This is apparently the second earliest book to treat the subject, which has a surprisingly extensive literature.
     Born in Arnhem, Marcilius (or Marcile, 1548-1617) made his name as a scholar and professor first in Toulouse then in Paris, where he held the chair of Latin at the Collège de France. I have found two copies in the U.S. In excellent condition (two blank corners slightly defective), one neat manuscript text correction. From the libraries of the Jesuit Collège de Clermont at Paris (title inscription), the architect and collector Hippolyte Destailleur (Catalogue (1891) 2002 “Very beautiful copy bearing on its panels the emblems of the Jesuit college”, tr.) and the discriminating Francis Kettaneh (1897-1976; bookplate), mottoed bookticket of cl.
¶Peignot, “Petite bibliothèque xéniographique” in Opuscules ed. Milsand 97-181, esp. 98,IV “sought after…interesting”, tr.); Arbour, L’Ère baroque 2155; USTC 146526.

Item #11150

Price: $4,800.00