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    Early Work on French History

    Jean Froissart. Le Premier [Second, Tiers, Quart] Volume de L'Histoire et cronique...Reueu & corrigé sus divers Exeplaires... Lyon: Jean de Tournes, 1559-1561. First Sauvage edition. Four folio volumes in two. A6, B4, a-z6,aa-rr6,ss-tt4; A6, 2A-Z6, AA-CC6, DD4; A6, a-z6, A-G6,H4; A6, a-z6, A-F6, G4, (xx) 462 (xxxiii), (xii) 314 (vi), (xii) 363 (iv), (xii) 350 (v). De Tournes devices (Cartier Viperes I.2), head- and tail-pieces, decorated initials. Handsome 18th century calf, spines extra-gilt in compartments, banded, titles on red and brown (faded) morocco title-pieces, all edges gilt. Old manuscript annotations, small repairs on pages 259 and 264. Provenance: Thomas Brooke, F.S.A.; Armitage Bridge, armorial ex-libris, occasional minor marginal stains at the front of volume one; occasional foxing and occasional light paper toning. A fine set. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "First Sauvage edition dedicated to Anne de Montmorency. Denis Sauvage was historiographer to Henri II." Mortimer. "Les éditions qu'il a données d'anciens chroniqueurs .. ont étés longtemps recherchées .." Hoefer, NBG. "cette édition devenue peu commune, est trés belle, et, ... merite détre recherchée; car, selon Sainte-palaye, juge irrécusable en pareille matiére, Sauvage, avec le peu de secours quil a pu se procurer alors, a fait, pour améliorer le texte de Froissart, tout ce quil était en son pouvoir;....elle na point de défauts qui ne lui soient communs avec les éditions précédentes auxquelles elle est du reste infiniment supérieure." Brunet. "Trés belle édition que Lacurne de Sainte Palaye, juge irrécusable (..). Cette critique intelligente et éclairée, ce respect pour les textes originaux, si peu commun alors, constituent certainement pour Sauvage des titres á l'estime et au respect des érudits" [Cartier].

    BM STC (Fr)189. Tchemerzine III,386. Brunet II 1405. Graesse II 638 "Édition trés recherchée". Mortimer, French 16th, 239.Cartier, De Tournes, 441. Sources de l'histoire de France, IV, p. 15. Morison, Four Centuries, fig. 268.



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