(1531). BOUCHARD (Alain). LES CRONIQUES ANNALLES... - Lot 142 - De Baecque et Associés

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(1531). BOUCHARD (Alain). LES CRONIQUES ANNALLES... - Lot 142 - De Baecque et Associés
(1531). BOUCHARD (Alain). LES CRONIQUES ANNALLES DES PAYS DANGLETERRE ET BRETAIGNE. Contenant les faictz et gestes des roys et princes qui ont règne audit pays, et choses dignes de mémoire advenues durant leurs règnes puis Brutus jusques au trépas du feu duc de Bretaigne Francoys second du nom. Paris, Anthoine Cousteau for Jehan Petit and Galliot du Pré, September 11, 1531. Gothic folio of [10]-233 leaves, marbled calf, gilded arms on covers, fleur-de-lys spine, red edges (modern binding). Very rare 2-column gothic printing, this is the third edition and the only one bearing the author's name. (the 1st in 1514). "The chronicles of Alain Bouchard, in which are summarized all the fabulous legends connected with the origin of the Bretons, and which, for the period of true history, contain a wealth of information of the highest interest..." (Rothschild). The title is set in a handsome frame by Galliot Du Pré, and the text is decorated with eleven large woodcuts specially engraved for his chronicles, showing the author at his desk, the siege of the Capitol by the Bretons, the seven saints of Brittany, the fight between Arthur and the giant Flolo in Paris, the great arms of Brittany (repeated), the Duke of Brittany and his council (repeated twice), Saint Yves, the battle of Auray and the small arms of Brittany. The lower part of the title has been redone by hand, small stain on the last few leaves. Modern binding in the style of the XVIIth century, on the boards of which a piece of old calf bearing the arms (rubbed) of Nicolas Chevalier, Intendant of Finances of France, who died in 1630, has been mounted (Bechtel, B-274) (Rothschild, n°2339) (USTC, 14469).
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