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Georges de Brébeuf - Poësies diverses de Mr. de Brébeuf - 1658

Good copy of the very rare first Parisian edition printed by Luyne, simultaneous with the much more frequent Sommaville one. Only 1 copy at the BnF; none in Spain (not at CCPB or at BNE).

Georges de Brébeuf (1617-1661) was a 17th-century French poet, nephew of the Jesuit missionary Jean de Brébeuf and tutor, around 1641, of the future Marshal of France Bernardin Gigault, Marquis de Bellefonds. Brébeuf is well known for his translation of Lucan's Farsalia, which was received with great praise at the time, although he also had illustrious detractors. Among his poetic work, the “Entretiens solitaires”, the “Éloges poétiques” or the “Épigrammes contre une femme fardée” stand out.

The book that we offer belonged to the Spanish diplomat, politician and bibliophile Juan Pedro Aladro Kastriota (1845-1914), whose exlibris it carries. Destined in embassies of various European countries, he also applied to occupy the throne of Albania after its independence from the Ottoman Turkish Empire, since he descended through the maternal line of Princess Kastriota, descendant in turn of the Albanian national hero Scanderberg. The great library that Aladro had in his palace in the town of Jerez (Cádiz) was very famous in his time.


Brebeuf, Georges de (1617-1661)
Various poems by Mr. de Brébeuf. — À Paris : chez Guillaume de Luyne, 1658. — [12], 306 [i.e. 308] p., [2] p. in bl. ; 12th.

Collation: a4, e2, A-M8/4, N8, [ ]1, O-Z4/8, Aa4, BB8, Nc2 (revised and complete).

A multitude of small vignettes and xylographic decorations throughout the entire copy.

Period binding in full marbled leather; spine with four nerves, studded with golden irons. It lacks endpapers.

Good general state of conservation. The binding has some superficial scratches and a small amount of leather at the top of the spine, but it remains firm and solid. Paper in good condition, with some occasional dirt or ink stains. On the cover there are faint ink scribbles. Slight tear in the outer margin of p. 205-206.

Heraldic exlibris of Juan Pedro Aladro pasted on the previous back cover, which includes his portrait and that of his wife. On the back cover, noble coat of arms stamped on red wax, probably French and from the time of the book.

Object Book
Number of Books 1
Subject Poetry
Author/ Illustrator Georges de Brébeuf
Book Title Poësies diverses de Mr. de Brébeuf
Condition Fine
Publication year oldest item 1658
Edition 1st Edition
Language French
Original language Yes
Publisher À Paris : chez Guillaume de Luyne
Binding/ Material Leather
Extras Other - see description
Number of pages 322
Dimensions 14.8×8.5 cm
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