Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris. Grande Confrérie Notre-Dame.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.
A Foundation Document for the Oldest Parisian Fraternal Organization.

Le manuel de la grand phrairie des bourgeoys et bourgeoyses de Paris.

Only edition of the earliest printed document of the largest and most venerated of all Parisian brotherhoods, the Grand Confraternity of Notre Dame, whose roots reach to the eleventh century. The grande confrérie Notre-Dame, a pious, tightknit group that advocated a life consecrated to Christian ideals, looked possessively after its members' affairs in life, and comforted them in death. By century's end, the rules of the order had been established, which prescribed 72 members—half ecclesiastic, half lay—a number consonant with Christ's disciples as mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. By the conclusion of the twelfth century, the number of the confrérie had expanded to 150, and allowed the admission of women, with the division revised thus: 50 priests, 50 bourgeois, and 50 bourgeoises. From then on, the membership remained constant and rigorously enforced; ambitious lobbying for admission, even among qualified applicants, was met with cool disinterest, and often denial: new admissions were allowed only following the death of an established member. Confreres throughout history have been of the highest probity—or infamy. Les familles Marcel, Saint-Benoît, Pisdoë, and Culdoë; Marguerite, Duchess of Burgundy, Anne de Bedfort, Catherine d'Alençon, Blanche de Castille; kings queens, princes, and princesses, among countless others. Our book contains prayers and oraisons central to the philosophy of the organization. It opens with a proemium in Latin that discusses the history and rules of the confraternity, and mentions the forgotten Parisian bourgeoisie Ludovico Seguier, Germaine Marleus, and Johann Bazanerius. Following are two sections of prayers for confreres suffering infirmities, titled in French but written in Latin; then a longer section on prayers for members before and after death. The last section, in French, is a dedication and encomium to the brothers and sisters of the grande confrérie. Le manuel is printed in red and black, in large gothic and roman characters, and illustrated with five arresting full-page woodcuts, two of which feature François Ier. The last, cut by Antoine Vérard, represents the Virgin surrounded by her attributes, submounted by a rendering of St. William of Montpellier, the founder of the grande confrérie Notre-Dame. A fascinating and beautiful witness to a legendary Paris confraternal organization that persists to this day. No copies in American libraries.


Full title: ❡LE MANVEL DE LA | grand phrairie des bourgeoys | et bourgeoyſes de Paris. [Colophon, D4r]: Ce preſent manuel a eſte | acheue | de imprimer a Pa- ris le .xij iour de Decembre | lan mil cinq cens trentequa | tre/ et ſe recouure es mains de maiſtre Pierre du Pin | preſtre et a preſent clerc de la | grãt phrairie au bourgeoys | et bourgeoyſes de ladicte | ville. [Paris: Didier Maheu for Pierre du Pin, 12 December 1534]

Paris: Didier Maheu for Pierre du Pin, 1534.

Octavo, 155 x 108 x 10 mm (binding), 152 x 106 x 6 mm (text block); A-C8, D4, xxvij, [1] ff. Eighteenth-century calf, titled vertically on morocco lettering piece, PHRAIRIE DES BOURGEOIS. Covers worn and a bit tired, but joints firm and binding sound. Interior: minor staining and finger-soiling, head margins a bit cozy, otherwise a very good, unwashed copy.

Provenance:

Early 20th-century bookseller's citation pasted to verso of upper free end; a few scattered modern penciled notes to endpapers.

Brunet III, col. 1380 (and Supplement, I, col. 937); Fairfax-Murray 351 ("very rare"); Bechtel M-98; Renouard ICP IV 1068; Pettegree 40734, USTC 12865; Firmin-Didot (1879) 469; De Lincy, Leroux, Recherches sur la grande confrérie Notre-Dame aux prêtres et bourgeois de la ville de Paris: Paris: Duverger, 1844; Vaquier, André, "Les origines de la Grande Confrérie Notre-Dame aux prêtres et aux bourgeois de Paris," Revue d'histoire de l'Église de France, Paris 1923, pp. 206-215.

Item #189

Price: $12,500.00

Status: On Hold