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Nicolas De Herberay - Le Septiesme Livre D'Amadis De Gaule - 1555

Rare illustrated copy of this reference 16th century chivalric novel -
USTC catalog mentions only 4 copies in the world

"In the 16th century, novels of chivalry, which tell stories belonging to a mythical Middle Ages, are very popular.

Amadis of Gaul is by far the most popular: "Amadis, already so dear to Spain, had such a prodigious and sustained success throughout Europe that one is surprised either that he had it or that 'he didn't keep it'.

According to Cervantes, Amadis “served as a model for all the others”.

Its reading charmed, in 1521, the young Ignatius of Loyola convalescing from a serious wound received at the siege of Pamplona.

It was, without a doubt, one of the novels of chivalry which the mother of Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) relished and secretly lent to her daughter.

It was the favorite reading of kings and emperors, in particular Charles V and Francois 1st, who is nicknamed “the king-knight”. It was even called "the King's Bible" under Henri IV -

It nourished the imagination and the ardor of the Spanish conquistadors. Bernal Diaz del Castillo thus describes, in his True History of the Conquest of New Spain, his arrival before Mexico City: "We were amazed and said that all this recalled the enchanting facts which are told in the book of Amadis".

Richly illustrated with 19 well-detailed woodcuts -

Nicolas De Herberay - The Seventh Book Of Amadis Of Gaul - 1555

Correct condition of the binding, work in its brown half-leather, rubbing from use, rubbed corners, loose caps, small lack of material, missing joint but solid binding, fragile -

Correct interior condition, waterstaining visible throughout the work, beautiful initials, 19 charming engravings in the form of bands -

Delivery service guaranteed within a few days -

Object Book
Number of Books 1
Subject Illustrated, Literature, No Reserve Price, Reference works
Author/ Illustrator Nicolas De Herberay
Book Title Le Septiesme Livre D'Amadis De Gaule
Condition Fair
Publication year oldest item 1555
Edition Illustrated Edition
Language French
Original language Yes
Publisher Vincent Sertenas
Binding/ Material Half leather
Number of pages 192
Dimensions 16×11 cm
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