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Le favori de court, [translated by Iaques de Rochemore], 1557

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Record ID cp011728
Voet reference number 1274
Museum Plantin-Moretus c:lvd:3245419
Author Antonio de GUEVARA
Title page transcription LE ‖ FAVORI DE ‖ COVRT, ‖ Contenant plusieurs aduertissemens & bonnes ‖ doctrines, pour les Fauoris des Princes, & ‖ autres Signeurs & Gentilshom- ‖ mes, qui hantent la Court. ‖ Nouuellement traduit d’Espaignol en François, par Mai- ‖ stre Iaques de Rochemore, Lieutenant particulier ‖ en la Seneschaucée & siege Presidial de ‖ Beaucaire, & Nismes en ‖ Languedoc. ‖ ⊕ 3EN ANVERS, ‖ Chez Christofle Plantin, à la ‖ Licorne d’or. ‖ 1557.
Collation 8º [114]: A-Z⁸, &⁴; folios 1r-189v (= for 187v), [188r-v] (Errors: 5 for 59, 82 for 74, 84 for 76, 86 for 78, 88 for 80, 187 for 186, 189 for 187)
Fingerprint 155708 - # b1 A2 eterr : # b2 &2 ges$
Number of sheets 23.50
Pages [1r]: Title[1v-3v]: A monsigneur monsigneur Anne, Due de Montmorancy…Iaques de Rochemore treshumblement baise les mains (Nîmes, 30 November 1555; italic type)4r-14v: Prologue15r-20v: Argument du livre21r-189r (= for 187r): Text (italic type)189v (= for 187v): A Mons. M. Iaques de Rochemore lieutenant particulier en la senechaucée et siege presidial de Nismes. Sonnet par Iac. Blanchon[188r-v]: Table
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Copies Museum Plantin-Moretus- R 3.24KBR Royal Library of BelgiumBritish Library LondonBibliothèque nationale de France
Bibliographical references Ruelens-de Backer, page 13 (1557, no. 3)Palau y Dulcet, 6, page 452, no. 110319de Troeyer, II, no. 873Cockx-Indestege, E. Belgica typographica 1346
Online bibliographical references STCV c:stcv:12919526
Note 1 The profile of the good courtier, with large references to classical authors. French translation from Spanish by Jacques de Rochemore. The author of the Spanish original is not quoted on the title-page, but on folio 21r the text starts with ‘Commencement du livre nomme l’advertissement des Favoriz de Court. Composé par le Seigneur Antoine de Guevare, Evesque de Mondognet, prescheur et historiographe de l’Empereur, dressé à l’illustre Seigneur Don François de Couos, grand commandeur de Leon, et conseiller de l’estat’.
Note 2 The Spanish original was first published, under the title Llibro llamado menosprecio de la corte, y alabanza de la aldea, together with some other publications by Guevara, in Valladolid in 1539. The first French translation, by Antoine Alaigre, appeared at Paris in 1544 under the title Le mèpris de la cour, avec la vie rusticque, and was often reprinted. Plantin’s edition is a reprint of the new translation by Jacques de Rochemore, first published, under the title Le favory de court in Lyons, by Guillaume Roville, in 1556.
Note 3 Plantin sold on 16 June [1557] two ‘Favory de la Cour’ to his Antwerp colleague Jan Bellart (Bellerus) (Arch. 38, folio 6), but the larger part of the publication was intended for the French market. The Parisian bookseller Arnould l’Angelier took, on 18 June 1557, 750 copies of ‘Le favory de la Court contenant 23 feilles de demie, qui sont 36 rames et est le tout de papier de la Rochelle coustant icy 29 (?) livres 12 shillings [very likely livres tournois]. Ainsi que mesmes led[ict] Anglier fut present et ayde. (?) l’achepter qui font en argent 34 florins Carolus guilders 4 stuivers et l’impression se monte en argent: 32 florins Carolus guilders 8 stuivers’ [i.e. the 36 reams of paper needed for the 750 copies cost 34 florins Carolus guilders 4 stuivers, the printing of the text 32 florins Carolus guilders 8 stuivers, bringing the total to 66 florins Carolus guilders 12 stuivers] (Arch. 34, page 16). The text of this note suggests that the edition, or at least a substantial part of it, was printed by Plantin to the order of l’Angelier. Some months later, on 11 February 1558, 400 copies were shipped to Paris to the widow l’Angelier (Arch. 34, pages 19 and 21). The 10 florins Carolus guilders entered in Plantin’s account on that occasion probably represent not the value of the books themselves, but the cost of the freight. It is possible that these 400 copies are in fact the remaining stock of the 750 copies bought by l’Angelier in June 1557. In that same period, on 11 March 1558, 50 copies, valued at 7 florins Carolus guilders 10 stuivers, were sent to the Fairs of Frankfurt (Arch. 34, page 22).
Note 4 Listed in M 296, folio 7r (Favori de court en fran[cois], 8º, aº 1557, f[euilles] 23½, [price:] stuivers 3), and M 164, folio 13v.
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