[Imitates Vendôme] DU FOUSTEAU (Antoine). The curious singularities of France. In Vendosme, by François de La Saugere, 1631. Petit in-8,  f.,  f. white added, 216 p., woodcut royal arms with title, woodcut initials, 19th c. wine chagrin, spine with 5 ribs, gilt title and date, gilt fillet on cups, inner wheel, gilt edges [Thompson] (small mq. angul. in margin of title, torn without loss formerly restored p. 209).
Rare first and unique edition of the second book from the presses of the first printer established in Vendôme. Originally from Blois, François de La Saugère practised his art in his native town, before having to leave it because of a plague epidemic and famine. He settled in Vendôme between 1629 and 1634; the first book he produced there, in 1629, was about the plague. Before him, only a few liturgical books had seen the light of day in Vendôme, thanks to printers from Tours.
This small treatise, composed of 8 chapters, deals with the origin of the peoples who formed France, the morals and customs of the Gauls, the Salic laws, the coat of arms of France, and ends with the justification of the pre-eminence of the kings of France over the other kings. It is the work of Antoine Fousteau (or Du Fousteau), who died around 1670, squire, sieurs de Bommars, historiographer of the King and master of the ordinary petitions of Duke Gaston d'Orléans. (Cf. nat. arch., Châtelet de Paris, Y//201-Y//204 - fol. 450 V°, 1662-1664). He owned the château de Prépatour in Naveil near Vendôme.
Few known copies have the 6 introductory leaves, including the privilege which is not shown here, probably replaced by an old white leaf at the time of the binding. Only 9 copies are reported to the CCFr.
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