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Ferdinand Denis - Le monde enchanté : Cosmographie et histoire naturelle fantastiques du moyen âge. - 1843

Ferdinand Denis - Le monde enchanté : Cosmographie et histoire naturelle fantastiques du moyen âge. - 1843

Rare. First edition of this excellent study by Ferdinand Denis, curator of the Ste-Geneviève library.
Decorated with a pretty frontispiece engraving by M. Vattier.
Good quality half binding in red shagreen, spine with raised bands adorned with an elegant gilded decoration. Bright gilding, sound and clean binding. Crisp and clean inside, some scattered foxing.
Origin: From the Library of Gaidoz with its ex-libris and its motto "j'en lis qui sont di' nord et qui sont du midi"

"The format and perhaps also the title of this book do not announce a book of scholarship, although it contains many of them. It is a review of the main traditions that formed the history or rather the fable of nature in the opinion of the Middle Ages, from Cosmas Indicopleustes to the still so inventive travellers of the sixteenth century. We can see from the work of Mr. Ferdinand Denis that he went to the sources of his information and that he read a prodigious number of books and manuscripts. He often and with enough breadth quotes works that have not yet been published, such as Brunetto Latini's Treasury, Jean Bonnet's Naturian Secrets, the Platearius; in all respects he demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the ancient literatures of Spain and Portugal."

The study is followed by important notes It is this part of his work that is recommended especially to the attention of scholars. He attached the reprint of the famous letter of the priest John which is found in all the encyclopedias of the Middle Ages, and the almost complete text of a little-known pamphlet on the origin of Y El Dorado, written in the sixteenth century by a Spanish monk called Fray Pedro Simon. Finally, the book ends with a bibliographic and analytical dictionary of all the cosmographers and teratographs of the Middle Ages and modern times.

AUTHOR: Ferdinand Denis.
TITLE: Le Monde enchanté , cosmographie et histoire naturelle fantastiques du moyen âge , par M. Ferdinand Denis , conservateur de la bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève. —
PUBLISHER: Chez A. Fournier, libraire, rue Neuve-des-Petits-Champs , 50. Paris, 1843. A 32mo volume of 376 pages. Complete.

Object Book
Number of Books 1
Subject Esotericism, Fine Bindings, Illustrated
Author/ Illustrator Ferdinand Denis
Book Title Le monde enchanté : Cosmographie et histoire naturelle fantastiques du moyen âge.
Condition Fine
Publication year oldest item 1843
Edition 1st Edition
Language French
Original language Yes
Binding/ Material Half leather
Number of pages 376
Dimensions 11.8×8 cm
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