Lot 11
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[Sebillet, Thomas]

2,000 - 3,000 USD
3,125 USD
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Art poetique françois Pour l'instruction des ieunes studieux, & encor' peu avancez en la Poësie Françoise ... Reveu & augmenté. Paris: Jean Ruelle, 1564

12mo (4 1/2 x 2 7/8 in.; 115 x 73 mm). Woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut head- and tail-pieces, decorative woodcut initials; sidenotes shaved (pp. 71, 78, 90, 92, 152). 19th-century brown straight-grain morocco, tooled in gold and blind in a panel design, spine gilt, edges gilt, silk placeholder, by Ducastin; slight wear to extremities.


Dr. Tibulle Desbarreaux-Bernard, of Toulouse (bookplate "ex musaeo Doct. D. Bernard") — Henri Burton (bookplate)

Catalogue Note

Rare edition of this popular and controversial treatise, one of the classics in the development of French poetry and language, first published in 1548. Thomas Sébillet (1512-1589) was an outsider to Parisian literary circles, serving as a lawyer in the Parlement. His treatise, possibly provoked by Jean Pelerin du Mans' translation of Horace (1541), was aimed at the neophyte poet. Apart from a manual on poetic techniques, the author argues for creating poetry with the needs of the musician in mind, and posits the validity of modern French poets as models worthy of imitation. His treatise provoked Joachim Du Bellay to write his Deffence et illustration de la langue françoyse in response (1549).

This edition includes the Quintil Horatian (a response to Du Bellay formerly attributed to Charles Fontaine but now to Barthelemy Anneau) and another Art poetique (attributed to Claude de Boissiere), with two works by Etienne Dolet on punctuation and accents in French. OCLC lists three copies of this edition (Ann Arbor Michigan, Paris Mazarin & BN); no copy has appeared at auction since 1975.