The Psalms of David
Put in French Rime by Clément Marot and Théodore de Bèze
Charenton, Antoine Cellier, 1663
A small in-12 volume of (198) ff. (Psalms) and (42) ff. (Prayers) no ch. signed (2)[A8,B4]-[Hh8,Ii4],Kk4,[a8,b4]-[e8,f4],g4,h2
Music notated in plainchant.
Bound in contemporary lavallière morocco, mute spine with 4 raised bands, ornate boxes, gilt fillets and wheels framing the covers, decoration with small irons, gilt wheels on the cuts, gilt edges.
Fasteners of the same leather, decorated with a golden wheel and a metallic shell-shaped closure.
The 150 psalms translated into French and set to music in the great Protestant tradition inaugurated by Clément Marot and Théodore de Bèze. Followed by "The Form of Ecclesiastical Prayers", "The Manner of Celebrating the Blessed Supper", the "Catechism", the "Confession of Faith" and prayers. The psalter was the main support of popular fervor among the Reformed. The Edict of Nantes forbade Reformed worship in towns where the King of France resided, and the only town permitted around Paris was Charenton.
Minimal snags to crowns, slightly rubbed joint, otherwise binding in very good condition.
The interior is pure and perfectly clean. A handwritten note on the second white endpaper.
Very beautiful book, in a beautiful binding in the style of Antoine Ruette, known as the Charenton binding, well preserved with its period attachments.