Description[Romeyn De Hooghe.] Les Cents Nouvelles Nouvelles Suivent Les Cent Nouvelles Contenant Les Cent Histoires Nouveaux, Qui sont moult plaisans a raconter, Et touts bonnes Compagnies; Par Maniere De Joeusete. Cologne: Pierre Gaillard, 1736. Krown & Spellman retail: $1000. Small 8vo. 2 vols. *7,**8,A-Z8,2A8,2B7;*8,**8,A-Z8,2B4 (Bb4 blank). ,397;,389pp. Early 19th century green straight-grain morocco, gilt lines on covers, spines gilt, a.e.g., marled endpapers, edges rubbed lightly; margins cut close. Engraved title, and 100 illustrations by Romeyn De Hooghe, and retouched by Bernard Picart, t.p.s in red and black. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
The Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles is a "collection of prose tales, most of them licentious, presented by its author to Philippe duc de Bourgogne in 1462. Who this author was is unknown. He probably belonged to the court of Burgundy. The work has frequently been attributed to A. de la Sale...The tales, on the model of Boccaccio's Decameron, purport to be told by various members of the Burgundian court, including the duke himself. Some of the tales are derived from the Facetiae of Poggio. The work shows as a whole a great advance in comic and dramatic quality on the fabliaux, but the comical element consists solely in burlesque.." [OCFL]This edition was first published in 1701, this reprint is retouched by Bernard Picart.Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708) Dutch engraver, one of the greatest book artists of his period. "Romeyn de Hooghe here displays his accustomed talent for devising a striking composition through which to interpret each story, and his actors perform their usual force and decisiveness...Over the last two decades de Hooghe has achieved a place in the pantheon of outstanding illustrators...and Les cent nouvelles nouvelles are eagerly sought by collectors."[Gorden Ray]. Gay/Lemonnyer I,519. Landwehr 94. Cohen-de-Ricci 658-9. Hollstein IX,491-590 (inc.) Lewine 326. Ray, French,I,4.
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