Traicté de la Forme et Devis Comme on Faict les Tournois par Olivier de la Marche, Hardouin de la Jaille, Anthoine de la Sale etc. Mis en Ordre par Bernard Prost Enrichi de 16 Planches, Dont 9 Doubles Coloriées au Pinceau Avec le Plus Grand Soin et Rehausées d’Or.

Paris: A. Barraud, 1878.

Price: $1,250.00

About the item

No. 8 of 258 (of 260) copies on papier vergé fort. 17 plates (16 hand-colored and heightened in gold), half-title and title printed in red and black. [i-ii], xix, [i], 259, [1], [iv] pp. 8vo. Contemporary vellum by Ch. & L. Hilaire, covers stamped in gilt with wide border of arabesque tools with initial “F” at each corner, surrounding a central panel with a semé of fleur-de-lys and ermine-tail tools, the upper cover with a large initial “F” surmounted by a King’s helm with mantling, spine in six compartments with raised bands, titled in the second, the rest with repeat tooling of a decorative border surrounding an initial “F,” gilt turn-ins, cream moiré paper pastedowns and free endpapers, gilt and gauffered top edge, original wrappers bound-in.

Item #259772

First edition under this title, and the first to include the plates. The first appearance of Prost’s text was with the title “Traités du duel judiciaire,” published in 1872 by Léon Willem in an edition limited to 400 copies. For the present edition publisher Barraud changed the title and added 16 colored plates, adapted from ms 2692 in the French Bibliothèque Nationale (“Portraicts du tournoi de Monseigneur de Gruthuse appelant, et de Monseigneur de Ghistelle deffendant”). The binding is possibly a pastiche of a binding done for François I.