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Thierry, Martin. Paraclesis catholica Franciae ad Francos, ut fortes in fide & vocatione qua vocati sunt, permaneant. Parisiis: Ioannes Bignon, 1539. 8vo (16.5 cm, 6.5").  ff. $1,750.00
[bound with the same author's] Adventus Caesaris in gallias ad annam mommorantium Franciae connestabilem. Parisiis: Ioanne Bignon, 1540.  ff. [and his] Martini Theodorici Bellovaci Epigrammata, ad R. Odonem Collignium, cardinalem Castillioneum, Archiepiscopum Tholosanum, Episcopum & comitem Bellovacensem. Parisiis: apud Hieronymum Gormontium, 1539. 36 ff.
Rare gathering of three works — one even, apparently, unrecorded — from poet and law professor Martin Thierry, showcasing his versatile writing styles, from an anti-Lutheran piece with an acrostic poem written for Duc Anne de Montmorency (1492–1567) to Neo-Latin poems and epigrams covering people and topics ranging from the contemporary, such as Salmon Macrin, to the fantastical, including a versification of an Aesop fable, and a series of poems in the Sylvae style.
The texts are printed in single columns using roman and italic type with the occasional decorative initial, shouldernote, or acrostic key neatly printed along the margin; a sizable woodcut of Duc Anne de Montmorency's arms appears in the dedication of the second pamphlet. All three works are uncommon, with searches of Worldcat, COPAC, and the NUC Pre-1956 revealing only two U.S. institutions reporting holdings of any of them (both for the Epigrammata).
Binding: 17th-century dark brown calf, spines with raised bands, covers framed in multiple blind fillets and with a double frame of gilt fillets having fleurs-de-lis at corners and a gilt diamond stamp at center. All edges gilt;
Provenance: Title-page with two early users' inked notes of ownership, one beginning "In Libris," and their shelving marks; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
On Paraclesis, see: BP16 109531; Moreau, Éditions parisiennes du XVI siècle, V, 1515; USTC 186273. On Epigrammata, see: Adams T509; BP16 109530; Moreau, Éditions parisiennes du XVI siècle, V, 1514; USTC 147612. Bound as above, well rubbed, leather crackling, front joint (outside) and hinges (inside) starting but covers firmly attached. Periodic marginal waterstaining, portions with creased fore-edges/corners, two corners with paper flaws (one being a fly-leaf). Booklabel and inscriptions as above. => A trio of scarce texts from one author. (39775) Please RESHELVE This.
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