16th century ABC book in Granjon's civilite type ALPHABET, ou Instruction Chrestienne pour les petis Enfans. Aveq plusieurs prieres, & sentences extraictes de la sainte Escriture, pour l'instructions des enfans.
Lyon, Robert Granjon, 1560.. 16mo. Contemp. dark red morocco, spine richly gilt, with richly gilt borders on sides and gilt inner panel with gilt ornaments at the four outside corners and fully gilt inside in a geometrical pattern of thin lines and tiny dots, g.e. With 3 charming woodcut head-pieces. 68 pp., entirely printed in a beautiful small Civilite type. HORAE in laudem beatissime virginis Mariae ad usum Romanum. Lyon, Robert Granjon, 1558. With large woodcut printer's device on title, and title and text printed in red and black throughout. (176) lvs., entirely printed in a beautiful small Civilite type.. Two fine early Granjon imprints in Civilite type, in a beautiful contemporary French binding. Ad 1 : Extremely rare "Alphabet", or A B C book for children, with prayers and religious instructions as reading exercises, including a list of 131 numbered proverbs and wise sayings from the Holy Scriptures. The "Horae" of 1558 in the Bibliotheque Nationale also includes an "Alphabet", but this is collated A8 - C8, while ours is collated A8 - D8, E2, so the Bibliotheque Nationale copy is either incomplete or a variant edition. Granjon published similar A B C books for children in 1557 and 1562, and Pierre Estiard published an A B C book with the same title, but with different contents, in 1558. The text is entirely printed in a fine small Civilite type, designed by Robert Granjon and first used in 1558. Granjon called the type "lettre francoise d'art de main", but because the type was very popular for school books and courtesy books, with as prototype "De Civilitate morum puerilium" by Erasmus, it now is generally known as "Civilite" type. Children were taught to read the type in France and in the Netherlands, where the type was also very popular, till far into the 19th century. Ad 2: Charming little Book of Hours, one of Grandjon's earliest books entirely printed in Civilite type, and very rare as well, with one copy known - the Libri copy - in the British Museum, and another in the Bibliotheque Nationale. The "Horae" is not paginated, but its collation is A8 - X8, Z8. It includes a calendar and a list of movable feast days from 1558 to 1575. All pages are set within red lined borders with headings printed in red. It is printed in the same fine small Civilite type as the "Alphabet" described above, and alternately printed in red and black throughout. Fine copy of two very rare works in fine contemporary binding.- (Lower part of "Horae" title lost, but restored with lost text provided in manuscript by hand; old owner's ms. notes on first endpapers; first lvs. of "Horae" sl. thumbed). Ad 1: Baudrier II, 57 (undated "Alphabet" added to the "Horae" of 1558); cf. Buisson, p. 1 (ed. by Pierre Estiard of Lyon, 1558); not in Carter-Vervliet, Brunet, Adams, or in NUC; ad 2: Carter-Vervliet 7; Baudrier II, 57 (copy of the Bibl. Nat.); Brunet V, 1676 (Libri copy); not in Adams, or NUC.
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