Le premier volume de la Thoison Dor. Compose par reverend pere en dieu Guillaume par la permission diuine iadis evesque de Tournay abbe de sainct Bertin et chancellier de lordre de la Thoison dor du bon duc Philippe de bourgongne. Auquel soubz les vertus de magnanimite et iustice appartenans a lestat de noblesse sont contenus les haulx vertueux et magnanimes faictz tant des treschrestienes maisons de France/Bourgõgne et Flandres que dautres roys et princes de l'ancien et nouveau testament || Nouvellement imprime. ¶ On les vend a Paris en la rue sainct Jaques a lenseigne du Loup deuant les Maturins/
[Colophon] Cy fin le second volume de la thoison dor Imprimee a Troyes par Nicolas le Rouge Imprimeur et libraire Lan Milcinqcents et trenteLe vingt et ungiesme jour Dapuril, 1531. Third Edition [preceded by Paris 1516 & Paris 1517]
Two volumes in one, folio, A8, B-X6, y6, z4, [-]1(Pt 2 t-p), aa2, [-](blank), Aa-XX6, yy6, AAA-SSS6, TTT4, 386 leaves, black-letter, double column, first title-page printed in red and black within the elaborate decorated border of Jean Petit, the title to the second volume with a half-page woodcut of a scribe at his desk within an architectural frame bordered by panels of birds, beasts and flowers, the text decorated throughout with historiated metal-cut initials of various sizes including an curious one of a cock fight repeated several times, occasional woodcut illustrations in the text, bound in 19th century red morocco, the boards within a narrow border decorated with a semé of saltire crosses and fleur de lis in diagonal rows, a.e.g, signed on lower turn-in by Lortic, a fine copy.
The present edition was printed in Troyes by Nicolas Le Rouge for the Paris booksellers Jean Petit and Poncet Le Preux [see USTC nos. 75918, 45149, 60659, and 1047] with minor variations in title and/or colophon; the present combination of the Jean Petit border with the letterpress wording “ On les vend a Paris en la rue sainct Jaques a lenseigne du Loup deuant les Maturins” does not appear to have been recorded. Brunet claims that this combination occurs in the La Valliere copy but De Bure’s catalogue of the La Valliere library does not bear this out (see item 5062)
The Order of the Golden Fleece, founded in 1430 by Philip the Good of Burgandy, was the last of the Orders of Chivalry. It was noted for its elaborate ceremonies which were somewhat unusual among the conventions of mediaeval life. Fillastre became Chancellor of the Order soon after its founding and wrote this work for the glorification of the Order mixing elements of the romance of chivalry with historical fact.
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