DU BELLAY, Joachim Les Œuvres françoises de Joachim du Bellay, Gentilhomme Angevin, & Poëte excellent de ce temps.

Price : 9.500,00 

First collective edition of Joachim du Bellay’s Works

First collective edition of Du Bellay’s Works, printed in 1569.

1 in stock

SKU: LCS-14708 Category:

A Paris, Federic Morel, 1569.

8 parts bound in one 8vo volume [164 x 103 mm] of: I/ (12) ll., 40; II/ 80 ll.; III/ 96 ll.; IV/ 64 ll.; V/ 60 ll.; VI/ 88 ll.; VII/ 80 l.; VIII/ 72 ll. Handwritten letter included. Full red morocco, triple gilt fillet on the covers, spine ribbed and richly decorated, inner gilt border, gilt over marbled edges. Binding signed Hardy.

First collective edition and first reunion of Joachim du Bellay’s works.First real collective edition, which isn’t with a consecutive numbering of pages, as it will be starting from 1573. Only the general title bears the date of 1569, each of the eight parts (‘L’Olive’ counts for a part) having its own title, dated 1568.” Jean-Paul Barbier, La Pléiade, n°40; Brunet, I, 749; Tchemerzine, III, p.75; Le Petit, pp. 93-94.

“Fine edition, of which poems are printed in italic characters.” (Le Petit, Bibliographie des éditions originales françaises).

This collective edition encloses 698 plays in total, including 93 originals. Here they are, part by part: I/ Deffense: no new play. II/ Olive: 138 plays. III/ Recueil de Poésie: 60 plays. IV/ Enéide: 57 translations and 19 plays, including 9 originals. V/ Divers Poèmes: 99 plays, including 73 originals. VI/ Regrets: 241 plays, including 7 originals. VII/ Divers Jeux Rustiques: 45 plays, including 4 originals. VIII/ Epithalame: 39 plays. That is in total, 698 plays, including 93 originals.

Read more

Published by Guillaume Aubert, it is made up of eight plays printed separately by Federic Morel in 1568 and 1569:

La Défense et Illustration de la langue Française (1568). – L’Olive et autres œuvres poétiques (1569). – Recueil de poésie présenté à très illustre princesse Madame Marguerite sœur unique du Roy… (1568). – Deux livres de l’Eneïde de Virgile… avec autres traductions (1569). – Divers poèmes… (1568). – Les regrets et autres œuvres poétiques (1569). – Divers jeux rustiques et autres œuvres poétiques (1569). – Epithalame sur le mariage de très illustre prince Philibert Emmanuel duc de Savoye & très illustre princesse Marguerite de France sœur unique du roy & Duchesse de Berry (1569).

Precious wide-margined copy of this first collective edition, preserved in an elegant red morocco binding.

Provenance: joined handwritten letter, from a former owner who offered the copy to a friend.

See less information

Additional information


DU BELLAY, Joachim