Boitel [Boistel], Pierre, Sieur de Gaubertin. Le Theatre du Malheur, sur qui la Fortune Represente les Divers Accidens Tragiques des Hommes & Dames Illustres, plus Signalees de l'Univers. Paris: Toussaint du Bray, 1622. 8vo. 2 pts. in 1 vol. a8,A-Z8,Aa8,bb2,2B-3D8,3E4 (3E4 blank). [12],387,[1],130,[2]pp. Modern 1/2 calf over marbled boards, spine banded, edges speckled; old signatures on t.p., with most of a wax seal, occ. minor dampstain, paper toned, corner off P3 with slight loss. Device on t.p., head-pieces. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $650.00

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    Boitel was a historian, poet, and polemicist of the first part of the 17th century. He cultivated the political allegory "toujours au profit des puissants: ainsi Concini mort est 'le faux amour' ou 'Circe', tandis que son meurtrier Vitry est 'le cavalier victorieux,'" His "Tragic Accidents", is his most famous work first published in 1616 which is in the form of Boccaccio's De casibus virorum illustrium. It retells from various sources the often grotesque misfortunes of prominent persons from the Creation to the author's own time. The materials of Boistel's own time are important sources. He also mentions the murder by the Spanish of the Peruvian Chief, Pancras; Jean Ribaut in Florida, and the two Indian kings in Mexico.        

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