Paris: Nicolas Buon, 1609.
Early Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Near Fine Condition. Item #045420
11 volumes bound in 5 in full crushed brown morocco, spine gilt in compartments, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, edges gilt, etc. Each volume with the bookplate of Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac, the first volume with the bookplate of publisher Auguste-P. Garnier.
A mixed set of the complete works of the prince of poets, dating from 1609-1630 as follows:
I: Amours (Marthurin Henault, 1629); II: Les Odes du Roy Henry II (Nicolas Buon, 1609); III: Les Quatre Premiers livres de la Franciade (Nicolas Buon, 1617 - as are IV, V, VI); IV: Le Bocage Royale; V: Les Eclogues et Mascarades; VI: Les Elegies; VII: Les Hymnes (Samuel Tibout et Rolin Baraigne, 1630, as are the final volumes); VIII: Les Poemes; IX: Discours des miseres de ce temps; X: Les epitaphes de divers suiets; XI: Recueil des sonnets, odes, hymnes, et autres pieces
Faint wear to the bindings, a few light surface marks, one tiny ink stain, nearly fine, overall. Scattered very minor foxing and browning internally, missing a few blanks but otherwise fine and complete. With a number of portraits, mostly of Ronsard, and attractively printed with headpieces and historiated initials. Each with a separate title page save X which has a half title - the spines labeled I-X, perhaps as a result of this.
A lovely set, bound by David of Paris (though not marked as such) and likely bound for Montesquiou, a major Symbolist and a hugely influential figure in turn of the century Paris. A dandy, flaneur and reputedly the inspiration for a variety of literary figures, most famously Proust's Baron de Charlus. Size: duodecimo (12mo). 11-volume set (complete). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Poetry; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 045420.