Item #11343 Pastorales Svr Le Baptesme De Monseignevr Charles Emanvel, Prince De Piedmont. Jean Grangier.
Pastorales Svr Le Baptesme De Monseignevr Charles Emanvel, Prince De Piedmont.
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Pastorales Svr Le Baptesme De Monseignevr Charles Emanvel, Prince De Piedmont.

Chambéry, F. Pomar 1568.

4to (184 x 131 mm.). [xxiv], 162, [2]p. Title woodcut arms of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy.

Crushed black morocco with a central gilt arabesque (Duru, 1861), gilt-lettered spine, all edges gilt, silk marker.

            Only Edition, second recorded copy, the first literary work printed in Chambéry since 1486 and an early example of first-person narrative French fiction. Grangier’s literary festival book of prose and verse celebrates the prince’s baptism.
           The protagonists are a family of shepherds renowned for their wisdom, virtue and courage — transparently Marguerite of France (1523-74), Duchess of Savoy, her husband Emmanuel Philibert (1528-80) and their son, Charles Emmanuel (1562-1630). The author long served Marguerite as secretary.
           The opening allegory quickly gives way to details of the actual procession, ceremony and festivities — tapestries, paintings, ephemeral architecture, mottoes, fireworks — with courtiers thinly disguised as mythological characters. The myriad digressions include quatrains praising individual guests, particularly women.
           THE BOOK HAS A STRONG DRAMATIC COMPONENT. Nearly all the extended poetic interludes are to be sung (many by the narrator) to the accompaniment of oboe or lute.
         The other known example of the Pastorals is in the Biblioteca Reale, Turin (the 16th-century capital of Savoy). In good condition, from the library of Pantaléon, marquis Costa de Beauregard (1804-66).
¶“Catalogue de l’Exposition d’objets d’art ouverte à Chambéry le 10 août 1863 à l’occasion de la réunion du Congrès scientifique de France” in Mémoires de l’Académie de Savoie 2e sér. 8 (1866) 347,38 this copy; Répertoire bibliographique des livres imprimés en France au XVIe siècle II: 139,7; Dufour & Rabut, L’Imprimerie…en Savoie 47; Hulubei, Répertoire des églogues en France aux XVIe siècle 46 (not seen); USTC 61102; Cioranesco 10950.

Item #11343

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