Lot 45: Supernatural.- Boaistuau (Pierre) Histoires Prodigieuses extraictes du plusieurs fameux autheurs, 1580.
November 15, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Supernatural.- Boaistuau (Pierre) and others. Histoires Prodigieuses extraictes du plusieurs fameux autheurs, collation: A-Z8 AA-BB8 CC4, A-H8, Aa-Zz8 AAa4, A-E8 F4, A-K8, 5 parts in 1, first complete edition, titles with woodcut printer's devices, part 2 last 2 ff. blank, part 4 penultimate f. with woodcut printer's device otherwise blank and with final blank, 105 woodcuts within text, woodcut decorative initials and tail-pieces, water-stained, occasional spotting, 20th century burgundy crushed morocco, gilt, spine in compartments, spine faded, rubbed, g.e., large 12mo (120 x 75mm.), Paris, Hieronymus de Marnef & the widow of Gulielmus Cavellat, 1580-1582. ⁂ The rare first complete edition of this work on demons, sea-monsters, serpents, monstrous births, comets, earthquakes and floods, amongst other unnatural and natural phenomena, with many of the bizarre creatures brought to life in the woodcuts. Only the first part is by Boaistuau, with part 2 by Claude de Tisserant parts 3 and 5 by François de Belleforest and part 4 (dated 1580) by R. Hoyer. Literature: Not in Adams; Caillet II, 5186bis.
Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History