(Paris: Chez Jean Corozet, 1644). 148 x 86 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 1/2"). 191 pp. Third Printing.
VERY ATTRACTIVE 18TH CENTURY CALF, ORNATELY GILT, covers with filigree frame forming two lobed compartments, each with a central lozenge composed of four fleurons surrounded by small flower tools, raised bands, spine panels with gilt starburst centerpieces, fleur-de-lys tools at corners, two small fore-edge clasps, marbled pastedowns, all edges gilt (older repair to head of spine, just touching gilt). Front pastedown with engraved bookplate of Edward Cheney (probably the "E. Cheney" on Quaritch's honor roll of book collectors and the Edward Cheney whose library was sold at Sotheby's on 25 June 1886). Brunet II, 1197. Boards lightly soiled, upper cover with two short scratches, a couple of corners slightly bumped, leaves a shade less than bright, isolated small rust stains or ink spots, but still a really excellent copy, clean and fresh internally, and in a solid binding glistening with gold.
This is a prettily bound collection of witty anecdotes that promise "laughter in all company" and that deliver by pointing out the foibles of the noble, the wealthy, and the pompous. First published in 1615 under the title "Les Contes et Discours Facécieux," the popular volume was reprinted three times in the 17th century, and revived by Gustave de Brunet in 1868. Nothing is known of the "Sieur du Favoral," whose only publications were this work and a translation of Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso." Brunet suggests that the name may be a pseudonym, chosen to protect some courtier from the objects of his mockery. The extremely appealing binding is quite feminine in design--all flowers and lace, like something out of Fragonard or Boucher. (ST12871)
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PJP Catalog: Cat 69.083