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Philippe de COMMYNES (ou COMMINES) Les Mémoires de Messire Philippe de Comines, Chevalier, Seigneur d'Argenton : sur les principaux faicts, & gestes de Louis onzième & de Charles huictième, son fils, Roys de France

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Les Mémoires de Messire Philippe de Comines, Chevalier, Seigneur d'Argenton : sur les principaux faicts, & gestes de Louis onzième & de Charles huictième, son fils, Roys de France

Jean de Roigny, Paris 1552, in-folio (22x33cm), (6f.) clxix ff. (4f.), relié.


First published comments of Denis Savage whose privilege seems to have been shared between the Pre and Galiot John Roigny.
Title frontispiece engraved with a beautiful frame. 46 lines per page. Two small old handwritten notes on the back of clxix slip.
Binding post (XVII) in full fawn calf, back with five nerves decorated with richly grotesque, underlined boards from two frames of double gold striping and four golden jewels in spandrels, as in pen on the first contreplat.
Some clever restorations. A small restoration of paper under the back frontispiece marginal minor bites on the margins of some leaves in the beginning and end of volume.
Editing comments Denis Savage valuable because it marks an improvement over the previous edition faulty or incomplete in the second part until 1528 (edition of Enguilbert of Marnef). As he explains in the royal epistle, Denis Sauvage, a great admirer of Philippe de Commines, "the most excellent historians François voz or equal to the best in all other languages" [sic], aims here give critical version corrected his memoirs, based on a manuscript.
It is in the version reviewed by Sauvage the memoirs will be published until 1661 until that of Theodore and Denis Godefroy (1649) come to compete, then replace it.
This is certainly the first time that the term "memory" is used in the sense of "chronic".
Very nice copy of this rare edition of Memoirs.

5 000 €

Réf : 55452

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