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Pibrac, Guy du Faur, seigneur de.  La civilité puerile et honneste pour l'instruction des enfans. Troyes: Jean Garnier, [ca. 1750]. 16mo (16 cm, 6.29"). 87, [1], 8 pp.
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Uncommon edition: a popular, widely used primer inspired by Erasmus's De civilitate morum puerilium, here in an 18th-century French version "de nouveau corrigé, & augmentée à la fin d'un très-beau Traité pour bien apprendre l'Ortographe." Sometimes attributed to Mathurin Cordier, the work covers appropriate modes of conduct at church, in school, at the dining table, etc.; also present are a multiplication table and the 126 "Quatrains," four-line instructive verse maxims written by Pibrac. Almost all of the text — which is decorated with ornamental capitals and headpieces — is set in => the famous typeface modelled after 16th-century cursive letters and nicknamed "caractères de civilité" in honor of the present work, making the book pedagogically useful both as a guide to good manners and as a pattern for formal handwriting.
        While the various approbations and permissions are dated 1714, 1735, and 1736, Jean Garnier did not succeed his father Pierre in the publishing business until the early 1750s — and the family members who followed Pierre (including Jean's mother, the Veuve Garnier; Jean himself; and his sons Jean-Antoine and Etienne) had a documented habit of stretching royal permissions past their originally intended spans. Whatever year it was when Jean reprinted this textbook from Pierre's stock, => both the original and this version are now scarce: WorldCat finds no institutional locations anywhere reporting holding the edition with Jean Garnier's imprint, and only one holding each of the printings from Pierre Garnier and the Veuve Garnier.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

This ed. not in Brunet, Graesse, Gumuchian, WorldCat. Later plain paper–covered light boards; spine and joints lightly worn. Some leaves trimmed closely, occasionally touching first or last letters or headers; a few pages with minor staining. One page unevenly inked by printer, with about a dozen words only faintly legible. Overall an unusually clean, fresh copy of this seldom-seen edition, clearly untouched by youthful hands.  (40737)   Please RESHELVE This.


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