Rabelais and his Work

Eugène, Noel. Rabelias et son Oeuvre. Étude Historique et Littéraire Ornée d'un Portrait Gravé a l'Eau-Forte par Gilbert. [Rabelais and his work. Historical and Literary. Decorated with an Engraved Portrait by Gilbert]

Paris: Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1870. 220 by 130mm (8¾ by 5 inches). Original half-tan calf over marbled boards; [4], 174, [2]pp. Marbled board pattern continues on the lovely endpapers. There is a limitation notice that states that there have been 15 copies printed on papier de Chine” and 15 on Whatman paper. Our copy appears to be printed on Whatman — making it one of only 30 copies produced in high quality. In French. With an engraved portrait frontispiece of Rabelais. 

Very good. Some light bumping and wear to boards; repair to minor tear of flyleaf; flyleaf starting to separate; unclear whether interleaving tissue after frontispiece is missing. It all sounds worse than it is, overall quite a nice copy of a well-produced book. 

French author Noël Eugène (1816–1899) wrote this retrospective on 3 centuries of Francois Rabelais (ca. 1483- ca. 1553). Rabelais was a monk turned French Renaissance writer, physician and Greek scholar, especially known for his robust (and at times downright bawdy and naughty) sense of humor. This book is a broad survey of his influence along with an analysis of some his poetry. 


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