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BOUCHET, Guillaume, sieur de Brocourt (1513--1594)
[Serées. 1615. Another issue]
Premier (- troisiesme) livre des serees de Gvillavme Bovchet, sievr de Brocovrt. Reueu & augmenté par l'autheur en ceste derniere edition, presque de moitié.
A Rouen chez Jean Berthelin, 1615.
3 vols ; 13.6 cm. (12º)
I: [20], 384, 585--587, [1] leaves
II: [8], 279 leaves
III: [6], 267 leaves

The first book of Bouchet's Serées [= 'soirées'] was originally published in 1584, and the revised complete text first appeared in Paris and in Lyon in 1608. A collection of thirty-six after-dinner dialogues comprising anecdotes, medical and legal fables, instructive and galant merry tales etc., in Middle French, drawing on eclectic sources in the manner of Montaigne or Rabelais. On the evidence of the two sets in Soane's library, at least two issues of apparently the same impression (having the running title on verso of leaf [9] of vol. I reading 'Douziesme' instead of 'Discours', leaves 162, 207, 223 and 229 misnumbered 16, 297, 220 and 230 respectively, and leaves 385--7 misnumbered 585--7) were published in Rouen in 1615, one with the imprint of Jean Berthelin as above and device of a blacksmith with motto 'Cvncta In Tempore', and one with the imprint of Robert Valentin and woodcut title-page device of two satyrs; there was also a Lyon edition in the same year. In vol. III the edition statement reads 'Reueu & corrigé de nouueau par l'Autheur' and the colophon at the end reads 'Cette seconde impression, faicte sur la copie augmentee & corrigee par l'Autheur, à esté acheuee le vingt huitiesme iour de Mars mil six cens quinze'. Date in vol. I--II reads: M. VI CXV., and in vol. III: M.D.C.XV. The final leaf in vol. I [KK4] is a blank. The present copy is a mixed set with the first and third volumes in the Berthelin issue and the second part in the 1608 Paris edition with the imprint of Jeremie Perier and the collation as above. Another copy in Soane's library (q.v.) is also a mixed set with the first two parts in the Valentin issue and the third in the Berthelin issue.

Copy Notes A mixed set with volume II in the 1608 Paris edition (see above), and the first volume with the text misbound after the prelims: signatures A--E (1--60), K--M (109--144), F--I (61--108), R--T (193--228), N--Q (145--192), V--KK ([229]--384, 585--587). Bought from T. & W. Boone on 1 July 1828 for £2 2s. (Spiers Box). Bookseller's annotations in pencil on the endpapers of vol. I including 3 Vol 2.2-0 / sheets misplaced and Collated. All three volumes with the ownership inscription of A. Vatteuille 1699 on the title-pages, and a cypher in pencil C P [over] G C/ on the front free-endpaper. With the printed label of 'J. Ribard, rue Morand,' laid down on the front pastedown of vol. I, and printed label reading 'M. Ribard, rue Morand' on the front pastedowns of the other two volumes.

Binding C18th red morocco, gilt-ruled borders with small corner ornaments, gilt-ruled spine compartments with small corner ornaments, direct-lettered in gilt in the second compartment, gilt edges, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 3808


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