8vo (6 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.; 155 x 95 mm). Woodcut device of Sabon with motto "Adversis duro" on title repeated on last page, woodcut portrait of the author on leaf a2v with his motto "souffrir non souffrir," motto repeated on last page of text and elsewhere, 50 woodcut emblematic vignettes with captions in French; some tiny spots subtly bleached. Blue-black morocco, triple-fillet border, spine gilt, dentelles, edges gilt, by Bauzonnet-Trautz, in a drop-back leather chemise and slipcase by A. & R. Maylander; slight rubbing to extremities.
Fifty of the poems are illustrated by emblems, highly unusual in a book of love poetry, with no evident antecedent, though the text shows awareness of La Perrière's Cent considerations d'amour (1543), and of Aliciatus. Also unusual at this time, the work includes an index of emblems and of first lines.
The work is very rare, OCLC listing only five copies (Bayerische SB, Universitaetsbibl. LMU Munich, BM Lyon, Harvard Houghton, and BN); we have found no auction records going back to 1975.
An astonishing copy, crisp, with wide margins, that belonged to Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869), literary critic and advocate of 16th-century French poetry.
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