Paris, Mamert Patisson, 1600.
I volume 8vo of (8) ll., 338 pp., (6) ll. Red morocco, covers decorated with a spectacular fanfare décor, spine ribbed richly gilt, inner border, gilt edges. Binding signed by Trautz-Bauzonnet circa 1860.
172 x 105 mm.
“Last edition published during the author’s lifetime, it is very complete, very beautiful and rightly esteemed”. (Tchemerzine, II, 890).
“One of the most beautiful edtions of these poetries” (Brunet, II, 647) presented on the title-page as “the last edition, revised and enlarged”.
It is the most elegant edition, the most esteemed and the most sought-after of Desportes’ works, Henri III’s favorite poet, considered as the equivalent of Ronsard, and often preferred to him.
It is the edition mentioned by Rahir in his “Bibliothèque de l’amateur” (399).
Desportes’ poetry, the one of the first works, was very successful, as attest the fifty editions printed between 1573 and 1629, in France but also in Flanders, England and Scotland.
Desportes’ profound originality comes from his break with Ronsard.
The edition is special for the delicacy of its italic characters and the elegance of the layout: margins, fleurons, adorned initials at the head of every part.
Superb copy, extremely wide-margined (height: 172 mm) coming from the libraries de Clinchamp and Leon Rattier.