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RABELAIS, François
Les oeuvres : la vie, faicts & dicts heroïques de Gargantua, & de son fils Pantagruel
Lyon, Jean Martin, 1620. 12mo. pp. [ii], 3-347, [vii], 469, [ix, iii], 4-166, [xxii]. A-Z¹², Aa-Vu¹². Roman letter, some Italic. Small woodcut initials, typographical ornaments, full page woodcut Bottle on Tt3 recto, (not its logical place in the text). light age yellowing, first title fractionally dusty, minor marginal stains, one blank outer corner torn. A very good copy in contemporary English calf, covers bordered with a double blind rule, spine double blind ruled in compartments, skilful repairs to extremities and joints, a.e.r. An excellent copy of this “Jean Martin” printing of the works of Rabelais, with the fine woodcut bottle incorporating an ode to its virtues, most unusually in a contemporary English calf binding. It is most probable the work was shipped to England in sheets and bound here, giving intriguing insight into the market for Rabelais in England. Rawles and Screech give 11 editions of Rabelais that share the same format, with exactly the same collation as this edition, most attributed to Jean Martin, two to Jean Fuet, all with most probably false dates, though it is generally held they were printed between 1600 and 1630 or at least no later than 1637. Rawles and Screech (no. 91) indicate that this edition, characterised by having no date on either of the title pages, was printed after one with the imprint of 1607, (no. 87) but was certainly printed before 1637. These editions were printed clandestinely and were near identical copies one from the other. Many early edns. of the various parts of Rabelais’ works do not state the printer or place of publica … [Click Below for Full Description]
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