Apologie du Silence en Amour. V L. P.
Apologie du Silence en Amour.
“MESDAMES…IT IS YOU THAT I NAME ARBITERS”

Apologie du Silence en Amour.

Paris, Pierre Moreau 1646.

8vo (158 x 93 mm.). 11, [1 blank], [10], [2 blank], 64p. PRINTED IN SIX SIZES OF PIERRE MOREAU’S SCRIPT TYPE, his calligraphic typographic ornaments.

19th-century gilt-ruled half-morocco and blue marbled boards, gilt spine and title, top edge gilt, purple silk marker.

“I want only to speak of my method of making love” — The Author (tr.).
            First Edition, addressed to a distaff audience and dedicated to Claire Charlotte Eugénie d’Ailly, comtesse de Chaulnes (1606-81). This almost painfully intimate plea finds in silence sincerity, affection, safety for secrets, freedom from regret, balm for self-consciousness and a check on unwelcome advances. As our innermost sentiments can rarely be expressed in words, “the rhetoric of the false gallants of our time…offends the ear instead of winning the heart” (tr.): silence, then, the companion of lovers.
            A gifted calligrapher whose engraved devotionals were much in demand, Pierre Moreau turned to typography in the early 1640s, creating a large number of SPLENDID SCRIPT TYPES “OF UNDENIABLE INTEREST” (Morison). The skill and beauty of his books secured him the post of Royal Printer in Ordinary in 1642, despite not being a member of the guild. He issued nearly three dozen books before he was harassed out of the trade and abandoned both his presses and his fonts. Many of his elegant books are fugitive. That offered here was likely an authorial commission and issued in small numbers; I have identified three other copies (all in Europe). A much altered version, not printed by Moreau, appeared in 1649 (BnF only). In nice condition, contemporary title inscription, 19th-century armorial bookplate of Testas de Folmont.
¶Conihout & Gabriel, Poésie & calligraphie imprimée à Paris au XVIIe siècle 24; see Morison’s “On Script Types” in The Fleuron IV (1925) 1-42 and Gay’s Bibliographie des ouvrages relatifs à l’amour, aux femmes et au mariage I: 246 (“1662”, a ?ghost).

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