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Rabelais, François
Œuvres,
1571.

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First very rare edition of Rabelais’ Œuvres
printed in Lyon by Pierre Estiard in 1571.

The present copy,
bound in old morocco with morocco doublures,
is supposed to be the most beautiful listed.


 

Rabelais, François. Œuvres de Maistre François Rabelais, docteur en médecine. Contenant cinq livres de la vie, faits & dits héroïques de Gargantua, & de son fils Pantagruel. Plus. La Pronostication Pantagrueline, avec l’oracle de la Diue Bacbuc, & le mot de la Bouteille.  De nouveau veu & augmenté de ce qui s’ensuit outre les autres impressions. Les navigations & Isle Sonnante. L’Isle des Apedestes, la cresme Philosophale, avec une Epistre limosine, le tout par M. François Rabelais.
Lyon, Pierre Estiart. 1571.

Followed by: Le Tiers livre des faits & dits héroïques du bon Pantagruel. Franc. Rabelais à l’esprit de la Reyne de Navarre.
Esprit abstrait, ravy, & ecstatic, qui frequentant les Cieux, ton origine as delaissé ton hoste & domestic, ton cors concords, qui tant se morigine a tes édits en vie peregrine sans sentement, & comme en apathie : voudrois-tu point faire quelques sorties de ton manoir divin perpétuel, et ça bas voir une tierce partie des faits ioyeux du bon Pantagruel ?

Followed by: Le cinquiesme et dernier livre des faits & dits héroïques du bon Pantagruel. Auquel est contenu ce qui s’ensuit.
Les navigations & isle sonnante. L’ile des Apedestre, de nouveau adiousté. La cresme philosophale. Une epistre limosine.
Avec la visitation de l’oracle de la dive Bacbuc, & le mot de la bouteille : pour lequel a esté entrepris tout ce long voyage. Le tout composé par M. François Rabelais docteur en Médecine.

Three parts 16mo [115 x 74 mm] of 320 pp. and (4) ll. ; 408 pp. and (4) ll., 149 pp. and (6) ll., framed title.

Red morocco, triple gilt fillets around the covers with small fleurons in corners, ribbed spine with fillets and fleurons in gilt, red morocco doublures with a gilt dentelle, decorated leading edges, gilt edges. 17th century binding.

First edition of Rabelais’ Œuvres printed in Lyon by Pierre Estiard in 1571.

Tchémerzine, V, 309 ; Plan, 102 ; Rawles & Screech, 66.

Rare edition, M. Brunet had not been able to see a copy when he published his Recherches.” (Lignerolles, Paris, 1894, n°1788)

This edition is so rare that the B.N.F. only owns the Cinquième livre, reveal Rawles and Screech in “A new Rabelais Bibliography, n° 66, Locations : Paris, B.n.F. : Res p.Y2 1423. The Cinquième livre only.”

“Very nice edition printed in small very legible characters.” (Brunet, supplément, col. 367)

“There are four editions by Pierre Estiard, says Brunet, iv, 1058 ; printed in 1571 (this one) ; 1573, 1574 et 1596.

The Rabelaisian romanesque universe offers a system of unique references in literature, blending fiction and reality. Behind this marvelous world, in between the lines, his contemporary world appears.

Rabelais uses his work as a mirror of contemporary realities and even sometimes turns it into a work of political propaganda.

““His book is a heap of the most vulgar scum. But one must admit it is also a bloody satire of the pope”, says Voltaire about the Quart Livre ;  Pantagruel and Gargantua are added in 1543 and 1544 to the list of books to be censored by the Sorbonne, and the Tiers livre will follow.

If Rabelais remains the author of Pantagruel and Gargantua, we must not forget that these texts only represent one third of the Pantagruel gest and that their full meaning can only be grasped in regards to the entirety of his works.” (Dictionnaire des Auteurs)

A precious copy bound in superb red 17th century Parisian morocco with red morocco doublures, an exceptional condition.

Tchémerzine only mentions the two copies belonging to the comte de Lignerolles bound in the 19th century ; Brunet had not been able to see any copies and Deschamps only mentions two also: Luzarches bound by Capé in the 19th century and “Taschereau, incomplete”.

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