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[MARGUERITE OF NAVARRE]. Les sept journees de la reine de navarre: suives de la huitieme.

Paris. Librairie de Bibliophiles, 1872.
8vo. Limited edition, one of 25 copies printed on China paper. Four volumes bound as two. [4], 160, [4], 125, [1], 136; [4], 84, 91, 79, [1], [4], 95, [1], 56, li, [5]. With half-titles and nine engraved plates. Finely bound by Riviere in contemporary richly gilt-tooled green crushed morocco, T.E.G. Spines slightly sunned. Marbled endpapers, recent bookplates of Florence Nelson to both FEPs, small paper repair to one plate, just clipping illustration, edges and blank fly-leaves lightly spotted.
A handsome limited reprint of Claude Gruget's 1559 edition of Queen Marguerite of Navarre's (1492-1549) Heptameron, a collection of 72 short stories on themes of amorous and sexual entanglements. Gruget restored much of the material excised from Pierre Boaistuau's 1558 edition which had recorded only 67 of the stories and bastardised those that remained. Initially conceived to include 100 stories to be told over 10 days (in the manner of Boccaccio's Decameron), the work was interrupted after second story of the eighth day owing to Queen Marguerite's death.
£ 750.00 Antiquates Ref: 18978