Lot 1284

DYSEMBART of La FOSSARDRIE, Louis-François-Ernest "Poésies fugitives. Tournay" [late 18th c.] In-8°: [4]-279 pp. (margin of p. 101 restored, tears without missing p. 39, some erasures or corrections, diff. feathers). Parchment with envelope of the ep., spine with nerves, lace of closing. Autograph manuscript (or transcription of the period?) of Louis Dysembart (or Ysembart) of La Fossardrie (1740-1800), author of a work "Batilde ou L'héroïsme de l'amour. Drama in five acts and in verse", printed in Tournai by A. Serré in 1775. Notebook containing various poems (madrigals, impromptus...), odes (to Dom André Boucherye, prior of Saint-Martin on the day of his jubilee on 7-10-1777...), songs, epithalms, letters, strings, etc... Some documents concern "Batilde": verses from a letter sent to Voltaire and accompanying an ex. of his work, an epistle to the embassy counsellor in Paris, M. d'Arnaud, in which he asks him to give an impartial judgment (copies of several letters addressed to him and his answers, including an "Epitre [corrected and enlarged, see footnote] to M. d'Arnaud"), an epistle to M. d'Arnaud, a letter from the French ambassador in Paris, in which he asks him to give an impartial judgment (copies of several letters addressed to him and his answers, including an "Epitre [corrected and enlarged, see footnote] to M. d'Arnaud"), a letter to the French ambassador in Paris, M. d'Arnaud, in which he asks him to give an impartial judgment (copies of several letters addressed to him and his answers, including an "Epitre [corrected and enlarged, see footnote] to M. d'Arnaud"). d'Arnaud [...]; he had asked the author to be in the future more stingy in his praise and had reproached him for those he had received"), letter sent to the editors of the Almanach des Muses, "Vers attacher à la couronne de lauriers qui me fut envoÿée parterre le 13 janvier 1789 jour de la première représentation de Batile à Tournaÿ" (as well as during the 2nd), etc.). Others evoke events which occurred in Tournai: "To their Royal Highnesses Marie-Christine, Princess Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Archduchess of Austria and Albert-Casimir Prince Royal of Poland and Lithuania, dux de Saxe-teschen governors and captains general of the Netherlands, at their passage in Tournaÿ on 5-12-1781" (a footnote specifies: "inserted in the spirit of the newspapers of October 1781. printed in Liege"), "Chronicles about the inauguration of H.M.I. Joseph II in Tournaÿ 20-8-1781", "Towards H.H. Monseigneur le Prince de Ligne [...] on the entry of his regiment in Tournaÿ on May 24, 1782, and the forthcoming return of the emperor to the Netherlands, announced in several gazettes", etc., etc. Others are of a private order or relate to lighter subjects: "To my Mistress who, in a great society complained about my silence", "To Mad [soul] the Countess of XX who asked the author what merit it was necessary that a young lady had to please him", "To my wife on the day of our marriage" (L. d'Ysembart married Marie Louise Ponthieure de Berlaere on 11-11-1783), "In-promptu to the ladies of the company who laughed at the fact that the author had extinguished some candles by blowing them out too closely", "To Madame the Marquise de Roben, who had asked the author to send her some boys, onions of anemone and ranunculus", "The newborn child to his mother (i. e., to her mother)", "To her mother (i. e., to her mother)", "To her mother (i. e., to her mother)", "To her mother (i. e., to her mother)", "To her mother (i. e., to her mother)", "To her mother (i. e., to her mother)", "To her mother (i. e., to her mother)".e. their first child Charlotte-Guislaine-Louise-Julie D'Ysembart, born 12-1-1785), "Epithalame to Mr Dÿsembart de Wreichem, former officer in the Service of S.M.I. & brother of the author and Miss... accrostiches" (with a footnote of p. (with a footnote: "the marriage having failed, this epithalam remained unknown"), "To my neighbours who, in 1795, during the revolution, often spent part of the night singing and prevented me from sleeping", "Worms put at the head of a letter to my mistress and substituted in the place of Mademoiselle", "Epistle to my second wife" (a footnote specifying "my marriage did not take place"), etc., etc. With a few footnotes providing clarification (or if a letter is corrected in the volume, see p. 62) or indications about the publication of these verses in a newspaper or a gazette. Ref. Desmazières 1040 (Batilde). - Quérard II:756 (id.). - Conlon 75:1026 (id.).