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BRUSCAMBILLE, pseud. (1573?--1634)
Les pensées facetieuses, et bons mots de Bruscambille comedien original.
A Cologne chez Charles Savoret, ruë Brin d'Amour, au Cheval volant, 1709.
[4], 182 [i.e. 272] p., add. engr. t.-pl. ; 14.9 cm. (12º)

Anonymous. The author, Nicolas Des Lauriers, an actor, who is depicted in the frontispiece, was known under the stage name Bruscambille and beloved for his prologues which he performed in person. The Cologne imprint is fictitious, and is probably Rouen. First printed in 1610, the prologues were burlesque satires imitated from the Italian, describing characters and types and treating of all sorts of subjects. See P. Harvey & J.E. Heseltine (eds), The Oxford companion to French literature (Oxford 1959). The book is described by J.-M.Quérard, La France littéraire, vol. II (1828), p. 517, as 'un recueil de plates bouffonneries et d'obscénités. Il est rare et recherché des bibliomanes'. There are errors in pagination: pages of final gathering misnumbered 275--279, 290, 181--182 instead of 265--272.

Copy Notes Ink inscription A.f. on final pastedown.

Binding C18th sheep, gilt-tooled spine, black morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 3823


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