Lot n° 1
2000 - 3000
Result with fees
: 3 250EUR
Le vilebrequin de Me Adam, menuisier de Nevers contenant toutes sortes de poësies gallantes, tant en sonnets, epistres, épigrammes, élégies, madrigaux que stances & autres Pièces autant curieuses que divertissantes sur toutes sortes de sujets
Paris, chez Guillaume Luyne, 1663
In-16, full morocco, double fillet and roulette framing the boards which have been stamped in their center with a large iron with a rider and decorated with a rich floral and symbolic decoration of the carpenter's trade: stylized compasses, tee, plane (?), etc. These symbols are repeated on the smooth back. These symbols are repeated on the ornate smooth back.  ff. including the title, 496 pp. (erroneous pagination from p. 241 mispaginated 331),  ff. Large but faint browning on a few pages. Slight lack in margin of page 495 without lack.
Beautiful thematic binding in relation to the author's profession.
Reprinted in 1663 which is rarer to find than the original edition. Brunet described it precisely: "It was made of this book a reprint under the same date, but in smaller characters [...] It is as complete as the edition in large characters, except the privilege which was not reprinted."
Born in Nevers on January 31, 1602, the poet-carpenter Adam Billaut, often called the "grandfather" of the poet-workers of the 19th century, composed verse as early as 1630. Complimented by Corneille as well as by Voltaire, he was also nicknamed the "Virgil with a plane".
Dividing his time between Paris (where he met Saint-Armant, Scarron and the abbé de Marolles) and Nevers where his wife lived, with whom he only got along moderately, he published in 1644 a first collection, Les Chevilles, which met with great critical success. A protégé of Marie de Gonzague and the Prince de Condé, he was pensioned by Richelieu. At his death, his friend Berthier published two posthumous works, Le Vilebrequin presented here and Le Rabot, now lost.
In this collection, a windy poetry: "The beautiful verses that Mr. Bardou made, on the quintessence of a fart, obliged Master Adam to make those which follow, to the glory of this sparkling author". If this poetry, inspired by Jean Bardou's Le Pet Fatal, is quoted by Lachèvre, it is absent from the Bibliotheca Scatologia.
Two handwritten bookplates, one of which excites the imagination by calling for conjunctions: "Ce livre appartiens (sic) à Antoine Adam natife de Nevers et maître serrurier en la ville de Meleun 1714".
The second one is more classical: "Ce lyvre appartyen à François Thomassy [...] 177*"
Bibliotheca Scatologica (n°74 & n°117) for the authorship - Lachèvre, Bibliographie des recueils collectifs de poésie publiés de 1597 à 1700 (T.II page 135) - Brunet I,46 - Cioranescu 12196 - https://www.cave-a-poemes.org/pageimprim.php?id=68
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