JOUBERT (Laurent)

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JOUBERT (Laurent)

Treatise on reef, containing its essence, its causes, and mervelheus trials, curieusemant recerculated, reasoned & observed. Paris, Nicolas Chesneau, 1579.
In-8, 16 ff.n.ch., 407 pp. and 3 ff.n.ch.: red morocco, cold fillet crossing at the corners, smooth spine decorated with cold fillets, gilt title, inner wheel, smooth edges speckled with red (pastiche binding).
Original edition.
Dedicated to Queen Marguerite of Navarre, sister of Francis I, it is decorated with a beautiful portrait of the author aged 49, woodcut in a medallion.
Ordinary doctor to the king, dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier, Laurent Joubert (1529-1582) is with his co-religionist Ambroise Paré one of the most famous doctors of the Renaissance. In addition, his treatise gives an account of his interest in the orthographic reforms of French; the volume ends with Annotacions sur l'orthographie de M. Joubert, by Christophle de Beauchatel, preceded by a Dialogue sur la cacographie fransaize [sic]. (Catach, L'orthographe française à l'époque de la Renaissance, 1968, pp. 191-192).
Perfect pastiche binding in morocco, in imitation of 18th century Jansenist bindings. Slightly short copy of margins.
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