DU FAIL, Christmas (circa 1520-1591). The Tales and Speeches of Eutrapel, by the late lord of La Hérissaye, a Breton nobleman. Rennes [Paris] : for Noël Glamet, by Quinpercorentin [Jean Richer], 1585.
Rare first edition in old morocco. This work "found eager amateurs, and from 1603 it had seven or eight editions ... This counter imitates Rabelais, but it is far superior to the bad writers who ... wanted to follow in the footsteps of the joyful priest of Meudon he often narrates with vivacity, with an incisive and fine mockery. A certain seriousness of spirit blends with the satirical mood and cheerfulness of the facetious writer : the historiette is an accessory, a last means of persuasion to highlight some wise advice, some moral precepts " (Hoefer, Nouvelle biographie universelle,1852, XV, col. 60-61). The address on the title page is fictitious : we owe the identification of its real printer to Louis Loriot and his article "L'imprimeur des contes d'Eutrapel, 1585" (Revue des livres anciens, T. II, fasc. 3,1916, pp. 312-313). Ultimate facetiousness, if the title evokes a posthumous work, the book did appear during the lifetime of its author. Brunet, II, col. 1164 French Vernacular Books, I, 17190.
In-8 (160 x 94 mm). First edition. The title page appears to be printed on thicker paper or glued. Banding, lettering, fleurons, culs-de-lampe (scattered stitches and freckles lack of paper in the lower right corner of the M4 leaf). Antique red morocco, spine ribbed, gilt lettering, marbled paper endpapers, gilt edges on marbling (restored binding). Provenance : Georges Massoulard (ex-libris).
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