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Le Brun, Charles ; Chauveau, François ; Le Clerc, Sébastien ; Lepautre, Jean

OVIDIUS NASO, Publius Metamorphoses d'Ovide en rondeaux [par Isaac de Benserade] imprimez et enrichis de figures par ordre de Sa Majesté, et dediez à Monseigneur le Dauphin. Paris Imprimerie Royale (for Sébastien Mabre Cramoisy) 1676 In-4°: [14 incl. front]-463-[9] pp. (some spotting and light browning). Red morocco signed Champs, triple gilt threaded frame on covers, gilt beaded ribbed spine, gilt threaded and richly ornamented boxes with gilt dotted small irons, gilt ornamented borders, marbled paper endpapers and double endpapers, gilt threaded headpieces and neckpieces, gilt tr. In marbled paper-covered slipcase (damaged). Fine copy. First edition of this transposition of the "Métamorphoses" in the form of rondeaux or fixed-form poems (here 5-3-5 with 2 repeats of the 1st hemistiche) by I. de Benserade (1612 or 1613-1691), court poet and precious writer, familiar to the Hôtel de Rambouillet. Illustrated with a frontispiece engraved by Sébastien Le Clerc after Charles Le Brun, a vignette with the coat of arms of France on the title, 2 culs-de-lampe and 226 vignettes drawn and engraved with burin and etching by François Chauveau, Sébastien Le Clerc and Jean Lepautre. This luxurious edition, commissioned by Louis XIV, is beautifully laid out (vignette, short prose explanation and Latin quotation on the left-hand leaf, rondeau on the right-hand page); his love for Isabelle de Ludres, Madame de Montespan's rival, is reflected in the acrostics of the 3 final roundels. Taken by his subject or to show off his virtuosity, Benserade also transcribed in rondeau his dedication letter, his preface, an extract from the privilege and even the errata! Ref. Brunet IV:288. - Tchemerzine-Scheler I: 614. - BnF. Prov. [Georges Petit].

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Le Brun, Charles ; Chauveau, François ; Le Clerc, Sébastien ; Lepautre, Jean

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