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Liber Psalmorum cum tenoribus ad recte proferendum aptissimis.
- Paris, Apud Simon de Colines, 1258 [i.e 1528] FIRST EDITION. 8vo. ff. [cxvi]. @4, [2nd] @4, a-n8, o4. Roman letter, preface in Italic, entirely ruled in red, printed in red and black throughout. One large foliated white on black criblŽ initial, blank center of first t-p filled with contemporary painted arms, gilt borders on a red ground with green grass beneath, consisting of one and a half lizards in green and black with a half crescent on a silver ground to the right, silver chevron on a black ground to the left. First title fractionally dusty in margins, light age yellowing. A fine copy, crisp and clean, with good margins in lovely contemporary French calf over paste boards from the "pecking crow" bindery, covers triple blind ruled to a panel design, gilt fleurons to outer corners, outer panel filled with gilt interlinking circle tools, central panel with blind and gilt ruled lozenge with gilt dentelle roll, large fleuron at center, small round gilt fleurons to corners, spine with five raised bands ruled in blind, all edges gilt and heavily gauffered, upper joint split, head and tail of spine worn, some wear to covers, without ties. "Exceedingly rare pedagogical booklet, of which only three copies are recorded (besides this one). The illustrious French humanist Jacques Lefvre d'Etaples (c. 1460- 1536) edited this Psalter for the instruction of the two children of Francois I, Charles Duke of Angoulme and his sister Madeleine de France, to whom he had been appointed tutor. The work consists of an accented Psalter, which Lefvre intended not only for the religious instruction of his pupils, but also for teaching them the correct pronunciation of Latin. An interesting aspect of the book is that even the title page - including Colines names - and the prefatory epistle are accented, according to the method set forth in the book. This preface - which incidentally is printed twice: once in latin and once in French - has been attributed to the printer simon de Colines himself: cf. Rice, pp. 498-499. The title page is also repeated before the French version of the preface: curiously, on both titles the date appears as "1258". The book is of such rarity that it remained unknown to Renouard: however see his appendix, p. 424, where he cites a "liber Psalmorum cum accentibus" from the 1546 Chaudire stock catalogue, albeit pointing out that he personally knew of no such Paslter. Today a total of three copies (besides the present) are known: London BL, Paris (Bibliotheque de la Societe de l'Histoire du protestantisme francais) and Yale" Schreiber. Colines produced three works intended to teach latin and its pronunciation to young princes, the others being his 'Vocabulaire du Psaltier' and his 'Grammatographia' both published a year after this work "all specially accented to indicate the long and the short vowels, and printed in red and black in tabular form. Although Lefvre's name appears in none of these volumes his authorship is derived from the 1546-1548 Chaudire stock catalogues (cf Renouard: pp. 423-424 .), . Colines, who must have played a major role in the elaboration of these little works, was himself author of the prefatory epistle of the 'Grammatographia' as he had been perhaps also of that of the Liber Psalmorum" Schreiber no. 94. The lovely contemporary French gilt calf binding is almost certainly from the Parisian atelier described as the "Pecking Crow" bindery, whose sobriquet derives from the tool of a bird pecking at grain which it frequently employed. The scroll work roll in the outer panel of the present binding and its general design, are almost identical to a Pecking Crow binding described by M M Foot, The Henry Davis Gift, Vol. III, no. 18 and again very similar to numbers 17 and 19 from the same collection, all three of which are decorated with the same Italianate taste. The Pecking Crow binder was active between between c. 1535 and 1550; his bindings cover texts printed between 1497 and 1550, M. Foot lists 27 of
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