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Guillaume de la Perrière's
Theatre des bons engins,
Paris,
Denis Janot, n.d. (1544)


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This description is based on Entry F.368 in Alison Adams, Stephen Rawles, Alison Saunders, A Bibliography of French Emblem Books (Geneva: Droz, 1999-2002).

Reproduced by kind permission of Librarie Droz.

GUL: sm686_a1r. Actual page height: 160mm.
GUL: sm686_a1r. Actual page height: 160mm.

Collation

8o: A-N8 O4 [$4 (-A1, O3, O4) signed] 108 leaves, unnumbered.

Fingerprint

s.f. e.e, e.r, ---- C [no date]

Contents

A1ro: title; A1vo: privilege: granted to Janot, dated 31 January 1540, ends A2ro; A2vo: typographical frame; A3ro: dedication: La Perrière to Marguerite de Navarre, ends A5ro; A5vo: typographical frame; A6ro: ‘Huictain’: Pierre du Cèdre to La Perrière; A6vo: emblems begin, and end O2ro; O2vo: motto: ‘Delivre moy Seigneur des calumnies des hommes’; O3ro: colophon; O3vo: mark; O4ro-O4vo: blank.

Layout

100 emblems, each occupying 1 opening: verso: woodcut in decorative frame; recto: number in roman numerals, text (a dizain). Texts in italic, 57mm for 10 lines.

GUL: SM686: D1v-D2r. Actual page height: 160mm.
GUL: SM686: D1v-D2r. Actual page height: 160mm.

Remarks

The typography of this edition would suggest that it was printed in 1544.

This edition which embodies apparently authorial revisions to the text, and the excision of emblem 99, contrasts with Janot’s first 2 editions (F.364-365). These revisions were first adopted in Janot’s third edition (F.367); this edition incorporates a rigorous standardisation of spelling and more particularly punctuation, comparable with that found in the fourth edition of Corrozet’s Hecatongraphie (F.195).

References

See Praz, p. 395; see Landwehr, 446-448.

Copies located

A List of Library symbols can be found here.

Bel *BBRKB
Fra *BorBM (2 copies, 1 defective)
Fra *PENBA
Net *THKB
UKi *GU
UKi *LVAM
USA *CMalG
USA *ICN
USA *NNC

Other copies

Copies of one or other of the 4 Janot editions are recorded at:

Fra ABM
Fra TBM

 

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