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- Collection of songs and poems celebrating the Duke of Anjou's victories over the Huguenots. S.l.n.d. [late 16th century]. Booklet in-8 of 35 pages, contemporary soft vellum.
A work of the greatest rarity, containing 12 violent anti-Huguenot verse pieces, including one by Ronsard.
The tone is set by the Complaincte et deploration de l'heresie, sur la mort du Prince de Condé, ses alliez & complices, which opens the volume: its author, anonymous, denounces heresy without concession, begging Satan in particular so that the cardinal of Châtillon (Odet de Coligny), Luther, Calvin, De Bèze and the defrocked monks, together ceste merdaille et chiennaille living in oyssey, enter the deep abyss (p. 4).
Ronsard's poem, Chant triomphal pour joüer sur la lyre : Sur l'insigne victoire qu'il a pleu à Dieu donner à Monseigneur frere du Roy (pp. 25-29), was composed the day after the resounding battle of Jarnac (March 13, 1569), where Coligny was defeated and Louis de Condé assassinated: It is a hymn of victory and thanksgiving with a bouncing rhythm, where the poet exults, moved by feelings of patriotism and loyalty [....]: for he heartily hates the Huguenots, who have so often disturbed his peace and even threatened his life (Paul Laumonier, Ronsard poète lyrique, p. 233). This piece had already appeared in 1569 in the Sixiesme livre des poèmes ronsardiens (Paris, Jean Dallier, f. 18).
Among the other pieces, let us quote a spiritual Ode against the false Evangelists & Protestants, the Tiobnob, the antitode or counterpoison, a Dizain to Martin Luther by Artus Désiré, or a Chanson nouvelle du miracle advenu à Paris, c'est à sçavoir une Espine qui est florie dedans le Cymetiere des sainctz Innocens, le lendemain de l'occision de l'Admiral & de ses alliez.
Only one copy seems to be listed in the public collections (BnF).
Curious handwritten mention of the 17th century on a flyleaf, indicating that the book was printed in 1624, which is false, the typography being well from the 16th century.
Lightly wet.
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