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France. Sovereigns, 1560–1574 (Charles IX). Lettres pate[n]tes du roy, portants mandement tresexpres sur les peines y contenues, de publier, & faire obseruer & ensuyure de poinct en poinct son dernier Edict de Pacification. Paris: Par Rob. Estienne, 1568. 4to (15.7 cm, 6.2").  ff. $1,250.00
Scarce Estienne government pamphlet printed during the Wars of the Huguenots. Duvall neatly summarizes the contents: "Because many towns, and even Parlements, had not even published the latest Edict of Pacification, the King orders them to do so, and to follow its contents." The text is printed in single columns using roman and italic type with a decorative woodcut headpiece and illustrated initial; the iconic Estienne olive tree device appears on the title-page.
This pamphlet was clearly meant to be an ephemeral publication: Searches of WorldCat, NUC, Lindsay & Neu, and COPAC reveal only two copies in the U.S. (BYU and the Newberry), with only a handful more in Europe.
Provenance: Early manuscript monogram on title-page in ink; bookplate of Paul Schmidt and green bookseller's label of J.L. Beijers of Utrecht on front pastedown. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Renouard, Estienne, 171; Duvall, French Political Pamphlets, 125; Lindsay & Neu 614; Welsh, French Political Pamphlets, 42. Not in Adams; not in Schreiber, Estiennes. Disbound pamphlet tucked into a larger, possibly repurposed binding of vellum over boards with yapp edges and inked spine, date incorrectly noted "1562." Moderate age-toning, small marginal hole at bottom interior corners; one témoin and one ink spot. Provenance indicia as above, a few small inked letters and numbers in an early hand, pencilled pagination on title-page, and inked pagination on final page. => An interesting example of Estienne job printing. (38694) Please RESHELVE This.
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