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CHASSENEUX, Bathélemy de. Catalogus gloriae mundi. Lyons, (Regnault for) Vincentius, 1546.

Folio [32.75 x 21.5 cm], (8), 330 ff., including numerous woodcut initials, 13 full-page woodcuts, of which the first two show genealogical trees, numerous woodcuts of heraldic escutcheons in text, 1 small woodcut of a printing press (f. 230r), and large woodcut printer?s mark on verso of final leaf showing Peter and Paul holding Veronica's veil. Bound in contemporary blindstamped pigskin over paper boards, raised bands on spine, panels alternating between portraits of the apostles and floral motifs. Binding worn at extremities, particularly corners. Some minor handsoiling in right corner of title, reinforced on verso in blank corner. Inconspicuous worming in blank margins of scattered leaves; light, even toning; woodcuts in excellent, dark strikes.

$7,500

Rare second edition (first 1529) of this discursive and illustrated survey of all ranks of society by the Lyonnais jurist Chasseneux. The present edition utilizes the original woodblocks of the 1529 edition, and this is evidently their only other appearance. Divided into 12 books, each is preceded by a large and handsome woodcut: the emperor and his princes, the pope and ecclesiastical dignities, a judge presiding in a court of law, nobles and their retainers, personifications of trades and professions, etc.


On f. 230r, there is a small woodcut of a printing press and a compositor at his type case, accompanied by a chapter on the dignity of the art of printing. According to Mortimer (French, 136), controverting Madan, apart from printer's marks and subjects such as the Dance of Death, this is the earliest known depiction of printing. The cut on f. 143v of a law court in session is one of the earliest such depictions; Mortimer compares the title woodcut of Nicolas Bertrand?s Opus de Tholosanorum gestis,/I> (Lyons, 1515), but that shows a parliamentary proceeding, not a court of law. A passage on the mystical dignity of the priesthood (f. 89) frequently attracted the censor's pen and is often found scored; in the present copy, it has remained intact, as has another typically censored passage on f. 103.


Comparison with the Houghton Library's copy of the 1529 editio princeps suggests that the present edition is a reprint of the first with the following alterations: there is a change of dedicatee, and all appearances of the elaborate architectural woodcut border (which was repeated on the divisional titles of 11 of the 12 individual books) have been eliminated.


* Brunet I.1818-19; cf. Mortimer I.136 (1529); not in Adams or Baudrier

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