Item #11786 Hymnes Dv Temps Et De Ses Parties. Guillaume Guéroult.
Hymnes Dv Temps Et De Ses Parties.
Hymnes Dv Temps Et De Ses Parties.
Hymnes Dv Temps Et De Ses Parties.
Hymnes Dv Temps Et De Ses Parties.
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Hymnes Dv Temps Et De Ses Parties.

Lyon, J. I de Tournes 1560.

4to (220 x 150 mm.). 88p. SEVENTEEN FINE HALF-PAGE OVAL WOODCUTS BY BERNARD SALOMON IN VARIOUS ARABESQUE AND GROTESQUE FRAMES (five oblong 56/8 x 75 mm. and frames 81/2 x 105 mm., twelve upright 74/8 x 56/7 and frames 105 x 81/2 mm.), title in a lively cartouche of interlacing strapwork and masques with a woodcut de Tournes device.

19th-century gilt-ruled half brown morocco and red paper boards (rubbed, extremities worn), gilt-ruled and gilt-lettered flat spine, all edges gilt; preserved in a red morocco backed red cloth clamshell box.

Only Edition. THE ONLY PRINTED CONTEMPORARY ARTISTIC ATTRIBUTION TO BERNARD SALOMON OCCURS IN THE PRINTER’S TO THE READER. This is the only appearance of these woodcuts. They inspired two intaglio suites by Étienne Delaune, woodcuts in a Book of Hours by Kerver and ceramics, embroidery, ironwork, jewelry, weaving and enamels. Brun considered them a “masterpiece” (tr.).
            “A philosophical emblem book…both erudite and decorative” (Saunders), the Hymns treat Time, Lucifer, Day, Night, the Hours and the twelve months. Praising the mysteries of the cosmos, natural phenomena, creation’s divine order, the virtues of labor and leisure and human progress, each composition has three parts. First is a prose introduction to each subject, its characteristics and attributes (a rather elaborate inscriptio), then an illustration (pictura) and finally verses, celebrating the cycle of seasons, annual harvest festivals, rural life, hunters, fishers and especially winemakers (subscriptio).
            Emblematist, translator and printer, Guéroult ensured “the unity of their subject, the clarity of their rhetorical composition…and the pleasant variety of their metrical forms” (Lombart, tr.). He drew on sources as diverse as Ronsard’s Hymnes, the medieval Shepherds’ Calendar and contemporary almanacs.
            I locate no copy outside Europe nor any copy at public auction since 1950. In good condition (scattered light foxing), 18th-century signature washed from the title, 19th-century note in English on the front pastedown; from the library of the anonymous comte de C*** (Catalogue (1852) 579) and that of discriminating collector Bernard Malle (1929-2008, stamp; purchased from Lucien Scheler with his pencil note).
¶Brun, Le Livre français illustré de la Renaissance 205 & pl XXIII; Saunders, The Sixteenth-Century Blason poétique 163 & 190-93; Lombart, L’Hymne dans la poésie française de la Renaissance 648-73; Saunders, “Male or Female: Visual and Verbal Gendering in Allegorical Representation in the Hymnes du temps and Hymnes des vertus” in The Iconology of Gender edd. Szonyi & Kiss 111-23; Lejeune, “Bernard Salomon, dessinateur” in Lyon Renaissance, arts et humanisme…Exposition Lyon X.2015-I.2016 ed. Virassamynaïken (2015) 256-263; Sharratt, Bernard Salomon, Illustrateur lyonnais 75-77, 217-219, 313-314, no. 48 and illus. 38-44; Gültlingen, Bibliographie des livres imprimés à Lyon au 16e siècle IX: 212,477; Cartier, Bibliographie des éditions des De Tournes 456; Cioranesco 1121.

Item #11786

Price: $26,500.00

Status: On Hold

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