First edition, rare, complete except for the frontispiece portrait, which is often missing.
This edition contains the foreword by Michel de Marolles, who discovered it during a trip to Nevers. From then on, he was introduced to the greats and, as an object of curiosity, was sought after by all of the polite society. Billaut became the protégé of the Prince de Condé, received a pension from Richelieu, and was admired by his peers; the first 96 pages consist of praise in verse by poets who were contemporaries of the person who became a literary sensation.
Adam Billaut (1602-1662) was one of the first poet-workers. Les chevilles de Maître Adam was published in 1644 and was a great critical success. Although his poetry does not sparkle with elegance in a century that was full of it, his language is full of verve and originality, and his collections make him one of the very first poets of the 17th century, one whose words are still appreciated, devoid of unnecessary embellishments. The man who was nicknamed "the Virgil of the plane" and who Voltaire considered to be one of the great writers of the 17th century, was a poet and a songwriter.
A magnificent copy, devoid of foxing, very lovely binding, in excellent condition, bookplate.
1 blank ff., title page, epistle 11 pages, foreword 4 pages, approbation du parnasse pages 1 to 96, foreword to the reader 2 pages, names of the authors 4 pages, Les chevilles du menuisier 1 to 315, 1 blank ff.
- Aantal boeken
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Adam Billaut
- Les chevilles de Me Adam Menuisier de Nevers
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Eerste druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Chez Toussainct Quinet, à Paris
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 22×17 cm