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BOHYRE (Arnauld).
Elegiae.
Tolosae, Typis viduae Iacobi Colomerij, 1618. Small 4to. 6 leaves. 286 pages. 5 leaves. (1 blank leaf). Half calf, flat spine with gilt ornaments and red morocoo label (late 18th century binding). First Edition, printed in Toulouse, of this collection of poems by the Jesuit cleric Arnaud Bohyre (1572-1656), a native of the city of Périgueux, in the Dordogne region. The work is divided into five distinct parts in which, in melancholic verse, the author evokes Christ and the Virgin Mary, the holy virgins and martyrs, the weeping of Jeremiah, and the apostates - including Luther, Calvin and Théodore de Bèze. The last part is a collection of miscellaneous pieces on the funeral of Henry IV, on King Louis XIII, in homage to Louis de Gonzague, etc. At the end of the volume, a copious explanatory index sheds light on various veiled references made in the poems, to cannibal peoples in Peru, the Malabar sea and Ceylon Island, Constantinople as the new Rome, the Cape of Good Hope and the confines of Africa, etc. Title page illustrated with a beautiful Jesuitic vignette engraved on copper, which includes the portraits of Loyola, Stanislas Kotska, Louis de Gonzague and François Xavier as medallions. Light waterstains, ancient handwritten inscription by a member of a convent. Ex-libris ink-stamps of scholar and hisroian Jean-Jacques Vidalat-Tornier (1750-1842), a member of the Société Archéologique du Midi de la France. Very rare. Roumejoux, Essai de Bibliographie Périgourdine, 21.
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