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Hotman, François.  De furoribus Gallicis, horrenda & indigna Amirallij Castillionei, nobilium atq[ue]; illustrium virorum caede, scelerata ac inaudita piorum strage passim edita per complures Galliae ciuitates, sine vllo discrimine generis, sexus, aetatis & conditionis hominum: vera & simplex narratio. Edimburgi [i.e., London: Printed by Henry Bynneman], 1573. 8vo (15.7 cm; 6.125"). CCXII [i.e., 212] pp.
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One of six different editions printed in 1573 describing the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre as told by an enraged French Huguenot jurist who unintentionally avoided it due to a teaching assignment at the University of Bourges. According to the ESTC, the six editions were produced by four printers, one edition in Basel by T. Guarin, one in La Rochelle by B. Berton, and four in London by Henry Bynneman or W. Williamson, all but one bearing a false location. This offering is an altered version of an earlier printing with two leaves reprinted and one reimposed to remove any mention of Bynneman.
        Hotman here writes under the pseudonym of Ernestus Varamundus, although the work is also sometimes erroneously attributed to Théodore de Bèze and Hubert Languet. In England, Hotman was the main narrative source for the first, "historical" portion of Marlowe's The Massacre at Paris (Paul Kocher, PMLA {1941}, 349–68).
        Binding: Early 19th-century speckled calf, spine compartments gilt-stamped and one with a gilt red leather label; covers with gilt double rules, board edges and turn-ins with gilt single rules, all edges gilt. Signed with stamp by Roger de Coverly, an apprentice of Zaehnsdorf. => A very pretty "container" for some very un-pretty history.
        Provenance: Armorial bookplate of the Marquess of Bute's Cardiff Castle on front pastedown; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
        A rather uncommon edition, with searches of WorldCat, NUC, and COPAC revealing only one U.S. copy (Huntington Library).

ESTC S104240; STC 13845. Bound as above, gentle rubbing, leather a little flaking, joints refurbished and covers solidly attached. Bookplate as above; title-page dust-soiled with one small inked word, a faded ownership signature, one small pencil mark. Light pencilling and some chipping to endpapers, general light to moderate age-toning with an occasional spot and some pages unevenly trimmed; one gathering with very light, limited waterstain to lower margin. => An important work in an unusual edition and an attractive copy.  (37745)   Please RESHELVE This.


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