NOSTREDAME Jehan de (1507 -1577).

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NOSTREDAME Jehan de (1507 -1577).
The lives of the most famous and ancient poets of Provence, who flourished in the time of the Counts of Provence. Collected from the Works of various Authors named on the following page, who wrote them, & written first in the Provensal language, & since put in the French language by Jehan de nostre Dame Procureur en la Cour de Parlement de Provence. Par lesquelles est monstrée l'ancienneté de plusieurs Nobles maisons tant de Provence, Languedoc, France, que d'Italie, & d'ailleurs (Lyon, for Alexandre Marsilii, 1575); in-12 (156 x 103 mm), 254 pp. miscalculated 258 without missing [the pagination jumps from 184 to 189]-[1 f. bl.]-[8 ff. the last one blank, for the table and the completion of printing]; full green morocco with "Du Seuil" decoration, triple gilt framing on the outside, triple gilt framing on the inside with a fleuron on each corner, gilt lace on the inside and on the edges, ribbed spine, fawn morocco title-piece, gilt edges (18th century binding). First edition. First history of the literature of the troubadours written by the younger brother of Nostradamus and the only published work of this prosecutor at the parliament of Provence. The Vies appeared the same year in Italian, and were for a long time the only reference on Provençal literature. Nice copy. "This work is sought after and copies are not common" (Brunet). Provenance: unidentified 18th century county arms (azure with a golden chevron between three bezants) with the monogram LBS (bookplate); library of Jean-Baptiste-Denis Guyon, seigneur de Sardière (1674-1759) (handwritten bookplate on the title and at the end of the book, as well as some handwritten annotations in the Table; Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feu M. J. B. Denis Guyon, chev. seigneur de Sardière [...] Paris, Barrois, 1759, n°2540); Henri Bonnasse (bookplate). (Some light scattered foxing).
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