N.p. [Paris, Prault], 1732.
6 parts bound in 5 8vo volumes [177 x 112 mm]. Red morocco, triple gilt fillet on the covers, flat spine decorated with gilt fleurons, gilt inner border, gilt edges. Contemporary binding.
Revised edition of the text, given by Le Duchat in collaboration with La Monnoye. Tchemerzine, V, 319; Brunet, IV, 1060; Rahir, p.599; Plan 133.
The first critical and commented edition of Rabelais was published in Amsterdam the previous year. It is here re-edited by Jamet l’Aîné and Thomas Gueulette who added comments and personal notes.
The edition is illustrated with two portraits of Rabelais by Scotin, one of them as a frontispiece representing the author writing his work, one folding map of the Chinon country illustrated with 3 small medallion portraits of Rabelais and 3 folding figures representing “La Devinière”, the inside of the author’s bedroom and “the outside of Rabelais’ bedroom in Chinon”.
All of antiquarian editions of Rabelais are sought-after.
A very beautiful, particularly wide-margined (177 mm high), preserved in its elegant contemporary red morocco binding.
It comes from the Beauchamp’s collection, with green armorial stamp on half-titles and the Guy du Boisrouvray’s collection.