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SALUSTE DU BARTAS Guillaume de
Le sepmaine ou creation du monde
1581. Printed in italic, device on title-page. 12mo in 8s (140 x 70mm). 104 (=108)ff. 19th-century Janse niste dark blue morocco by Delanoe jeune, upper hinge repaired. Paris: J. Febvrier, First published by Febvrier in 1578 Saluste du Bartas?s (1544-90) hugely popular poem on the seven days of Creation, was many times reprinted and translated into English by Joshua Sylvester (various editions, including an OUP ed. of 1979), Italian, Dutch, Latin, and German. His Judith was even translated into Polish. Today he is largely forgotten although his works are important for historians and have received the canonical status of a Pléiade edition. In this poem reference is made to all sorts of subjects including language and astronomy. Early on (f. 5recto) it is explained that the world is a book where the sovereign?s admirable skill is writ in large letters, and which the simple can read, with the eye of faith, with no need of foreign languages or a knowledge of Hebrew pointing or Greek accents - ? Le monde est un gros livre, où du souverain/ L?admirable artifice en grosse lettre?/?Pour lire là dedans, il ne nous faut entendre/ Cent sortes de jargons: il ne nous faut aprendre/ Les caracteres Turcs, de Memphe les portrets,/ Ni les points des Hebrieus, ni les accens des Grecs./ L?Antartique brutal? [2 lines]/ Y lit passablement, bien que dépourveu d?art./ Mais celuy, de qui l?oeil prend la Foi pour lunetes/Passe de part en part les cercles des Planetes/ Comprend le grand Moteur de tous ces mouuemens, / Et lit bien plus courant ces vieux Documens? Provenance: bookplate of Arthur Tille … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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