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    Ernest Thoinan's Study of the Curiosities in the
    Works of Sixteenth-Century French Jesuit
    Michel Coyssard

    Er[nest] Thoinan. Curiosités musicales et autres trouvées dans les oeuvres de Michel Coyssard de la Compagnie de Jésus. Paris: A. Claudin, Libr.-Édit., 1866. One of only fifty copies printed. Small octavo in fours, unsigned (6.375 x 4.4375 inches; 163 x 113 mm.). [4], 31, [1, printer's imprint] pages. Title within border of type ornaments; type ornament head- and tail-piece and initial surround. "Achevé d'imprimer le 1er Décembre, par H. Schoutheer, 53, rue des Trois-Visage, Arras" (verso of last leaf). Printed on Arches handmade paper.
    Uncut, in contemporary marbled paper wrappers and protective mylar. Wrappers a little worn and chipped at the edges, with loss at head and tail of spine; horizontal crease across upper portion of wrappers. Slight browning and soiling to uncut edges (especially fore-edge); tiny tear to lower edge of title and to a few additional leaves; tiny hole in the gutter margin of pages 19/20. Faint ink smudges on pages 6 and 17; faint offsetting from both text and title border, and head- and tail-piece and initial. A very good copy. Small bookseller's ticket of music antiquarian Hermann Baron on front pastedown: "H. Baron / Music and Books, / 136 Chatsworth Road, / London, N. W. 2., England." From the library of John Carroll Collins.
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    French writer on music Ernest Thoinan [pseudonym of Antoine Ernest Roquet] (1827-1894) was a "merchant by trade, [and] he took the opportunities offered by business journeys to England, Italy and Russia to accumulate an extensive music library which included early printed books and manuscripts. He became a contributor to the periodicals La France musicale and L'Art musical, later publishing his articles (and others) as pamphlets. He worked exclusively on the history of French music, basing his research firmly on primary sources and using an unusually transparent methodology which involved the critical evaluation of items of secondary material in annotated bibliographies. His work built upon that of [François-Joseph] Fétis in particular, correcting many of the inaccuracies in the Belgian scholar's writings. Much of the strength of Thoinan's work lies in his ability, amply demonstrated in his essay on Maugars, to see isolated historical events in a larger perspective" (Katharine Ellis in Grove Music Online).

    French hymn writer and writer on music Michel Coyssard (1547-1623) "was active in the religious instruction of children, and taught at the new Jesuit colleges in Vienne and Lyons (Collège de la Trinité, 1579), later serving as rector in Tournon, Puy and Besançon. Following the instructions of the Council of Trent he became deeply involved in the Counter-Reformation movement in France. His determination to emulate the popularity of Lutheran chorales and Calvinist psalms in disseminating Christian doctrine through vernacular religious song led him to compile a collection of hymns and canticles, some new and others translated from Latin liturgical texts, mostly adopting the form of the rhymed quatrain which had proved so successful in the moralistic verses of Guy du Faur de Pibrac and Pierre Mathieu. Coyssard's Hymnes sacrez & odes spirituelles were first published as an appendix to his Sommaire de la doctrine chrestienne (Lyons, 1591) with an indication that they were to be sung before and after the lessons of catechism. The hymns proved popular, and appeared in several later editions" (Frank Dobbins in Grove Music Online).

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