1st edition of this 1587 humanist history of the rulers of France, which covertly tried to place the Capetians on the throne of France (G.H. Pertz verified this hypothesis with his 19th century examination of the Richer de Reims Chronicle).
This work is traditionally attributed to Nicolas Vignier, but Vignier himself is quoted twice (p. 70-71). A Rome copy bears a contemporary handwritten note attributing the work to the humanist Francois Pithou.
This copy bears the ex-libris of Victor Duchataux (1823-1905), lawyer and author in Reims.
The pagination and signing of the gatherings of this work are slightly odd, indicating a serious revision late into the printing run. If you are a collator, you must be careful with this book. It collates complete, matching the Universal Short Title Catalogue collation, but note that after the C signature, there is a small insert of 2 leaves, signed C1 and C2, that throw the pagination askew as well. But the collation is complete, and the guide word between C2 and D1 matches.
Physical Attributes -
Measures approx. 17.5 x 10.5 x 2 cm. Vellum binding. Ex-libris plate on pastedown. Pages - numbered to 206 but really 226, and a blank leaf (O8). Collation - A-C8, C2, D-O8
Universal Short Title Catalogue number - 10417
Adams V 756
See pictures. Vellum binding worn, with edge wear, rubbing, soiling and cockling, with the tickets and ticket remnants of libraries. Top-edge dusty. Pastedown with ex-libris Duchataux. Several small worm hills near joint that extend slightly into gutter of book (not bad). Flyleaf with "36977 Vignier", on both sides. Title page with attribution to Vignier in pen. Also two library stamps (one a "Double"), and a manuscript note near the bottom. Some toning and fox spots throughout, more towards edges. Occasional dog-eared page. 51/52 trimmed short at fore-edge. Some fore-edge damage leaves signed D5-8, not text affected. G7 and 8 with bottom corner chipped away, no text affected. Moisture mark at bottom margin from L1 signature to end. Also, ink mark at fore-edge L signature, no text affected.
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