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    The First French Edition of Nostradamus

    Nostradamus and Jean Aime de Chavigny. Iani Gallici Facies Prior, Historiam Bellorum Civilium, Quae Per Tot Annos in Gallia grassata sunt, breviter complectens, simul & praeclara alia multa, quae ab anno Domini 1534 ad annum 1589. quo cecidit domus Valesia, contigerunt... Lyon: heirs of Petri Roussin, 1594. First French edition of Nostradamus. Quarto. a, e, i4, A-2X4. (24), 336, (16) pages. Contemporary full limp vellum. Binding soiled and slightly wrinkled, paper label at head of spine, lacks ties. Inner hinges cracking. Damp stains to outer margins, first few leaves heavier than rest. Still, a very good copy.
    STC French (1470-1600) 327. Adams II: N351. Brunet I: 1826. Dorbon-Aine: 710. Rosenthal 1429. Graesse II: 129. Graesse IV: 690. Chomarat 153. Brunet I: 1828. Caillet 2303. Cioranescu 6525. Index Aureliensis 136.047. Benazra 131. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Nostradamus & Chavigny, Jean Aime de. Iani Gallici Facies Prior, Historiam Bellorum Civilium, Quae Per Tot Annos in Gallia grassata sunt, breviter complectens, simul & praeclara alia multa, quae ab anno Domini 1534. ad annum 1589. quo cecidit domus Valesia, contigerunt... Lyon: heirs of Petri Roussin, 1594. 4to. a, e, i4, A-2X4. (24), 336, (16)p. Contemporary vellum soiled and slightly wrinkled, paper label at head of spine, lacks ties. Inner hinges opened. Damp stains to outer margins, first few leaves heavier than rest. Decorated initials. First edition. First French edition of Nostradamus.

    Chavigny (c1524- 1604) was born of a noble family of Beaune. He had a doctorate in law and theology, and in 1548 was mayor of Beaune. Some say he was sent to Nostradmus by Jean Dorat to be his secretary and also became his most trusted student, as well as, his first biographer. Leoni doubts that this because Nostradamus doesn't mention him in his will nor is he mentioned in the writings of Cesar Nostradmus, Michel's son. Leoni suggests that Chavigny only knew Nostradamus in a more casual way and adopted the guise of his most trusted student. In either case, Chavigny is Nostradmus' first commentator, biographer, and collector of otherwise lost prophecies.

    "This is his best known work. The book was to cover history, according to Nostradamus and Chavigny, up to 1589, with Henry of Navarre, to whose star Chavigny had wisely hitched his wagon, as the pivotal figure. The second face of this bilingual work (French and Latin), he assured the nominal but still uncrowned King, would cover all the victories and conquests that would fall to Henry... Of the six sections of the book, it is the second that contains the famous Biography which has been reprinted in so many editions of the Centuries... The fifth section is the main part of the book. It contains the 141 verse Presages... In addition, there are 126 quatrains from the Centuries..." (Leoni, Nostradamus and His Prophecies, 60).

    There are two issues of this edition, this with "Ex Typographia Haeredum Petri Roussin" and another "Par Les Heritiers de Pierre Roussin". The text is bilingual Latin-French, has a dedication to Henry IV, biography of Nostradamus and the 347 quatrains.

    STC French (1470-1600) 327. Adams II: N351. Brunet I: 1826. Dorbon-Aine: 710. Rosenthal 1429. Graesse II: 129. Graesse IV: 690. Chomarat 153. Brunet I: 1828. Caillet 2303. Cioranescu 6525. Index Aureliensis 136.047. Benazra 131.



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