Præcociorum Quasillus. Charles-Auguste de SALES.
Præcociorum Quasillus.
Præcociorum Quasillus.
Præcociorum Quasillus.
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Præcociorum Quasillus.

[Lyon], s.n. 1627.

4to (198 x 151 mm.). 74, [3], [3 blank]p. Large title woodcut grotesque.

Contemporary vellum over flexible boards (soiled, small lacuna), manuscript spine title.

Only Edition, a Presentation Copy of the author’s first book.
     HIS POETRY INCLUDES PRAISE OF A LYONESE TYPE CORRECTOR, RIDDLES, SELF-DESIGNATED “EROTICA” AND MEDITATIONS ON EMBLEMS. Rife with classical allusion and symbolism, he also considers saints, paintings, monasteries, an Aretino letter, family members and those in his intellectual circle. He closes with letters to both benevolent and malevolent readers.
     Nephew of St. François de Sales, Charles-Auguste (1606-60) studied in Lyon with the Jesuits before his appointment to posts in Geneva — first as cathedral provost, then as bishop of the diocese. There he led the campaign for his uncle’s canonization and in 1632 inscribed this copy to Claude Lefèvre, a canon at the Genevan cathedral. I have located two other copies (both in Europe).
     Some stains and browned quires; book ticket of Librairie Brun (Lyon), ten-line 19th-century manuscript note about the author on the front pastedown signed Elbé.
¶Péricaud, Notes et documents pour servir à l’histoire de Lyon II: 213-5; Arbour, L’Ère baroque en France 12762; Brunet V: 73; see Cioranescu 61364.

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