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Celt'-Hellenisme, ou, Etymologic des Mots francois tirez du Graec. Plus. Preuves en general de la descente de nostre langue
Plate with woodcut port. of the author & woodcut printer's device on verso of final leaf. 4 p.l., 311, [1] pp. 8vo, late 17th-cent. or early 18th-cent. mottled calf, flat spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Orléans: E. Gibier, 1581. First edition, second issue, with the title-page dated 1581 (1st issue: 1580). This is an uncommon book on the influence of Greek on the French language. It had its basis in the myth that France's first kings came from Greece, or that France was named for Francion, a son of Hector, who escaped the sack of Troy. Henri Estienne similarly looked for Greek origins for the French language, assimilating the glory of classical Athens with 16th-century France. Trippault was a lawyer in Orléans and the author of a number of other books on French history and law. Éloi Gibier, bookseller and printer to the University of Orléans, also published other philological and local historical works, including some by Trippault. Fine copy from the Macclesfield library with bookplate. ❧ Rothschild, I, 319-(with a reproduction of the portrait). .
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