A request directed to Henri III of France to reduce the tax burden on the good subjects of Burgundy, arguing by virtue of case studies of suffering Burgundians that existing taxes and obligatory tributes are too large a strain on the tax base. The treshumble request is framed as a gardening metaphor, where a competent gardener would never uproot his plants, but rather trim and harvest as the season dictates:
…comme un bon jardinier qui veut bien cultiver son jardin, & en tirer profit, il n'arrache point les racines des siples qu'il a semé & planté en iceluy. Ains tond & couppe l'herbe seulement : afin que par plusieurs fois, en saison & temps opportun, il en puisse encores tirer & cueillir du fruit…
The request for tax relief was probably denied. A similar request the same year was not granted;1 Henri stated in that case that to do so would show favoritism to Burgundy, at the expense of the rest of the kingdom. Ours is an uncommon pamphlet, with a single holding located: Paris Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal.
Octavo in fours, 158 x 100 x 5 mm (binding), 155 x 97 x 1 mm (text block). A-B4 =8 ff. 19th-century quarter vellum with vellum corners over thin marbled-paper covered boards, spine titled vertically on morocco lettering piece. Minor soiling and wear to extremities, chip to lettering piece, with loss of word "Requeste." Interior: Deckles present, leaves a bit soiled, pale darkening to tail margin of title, foliated in ink manuscript 311-318 in head fore-corners of rectos—clearly at one time the book was bound as part of a Sammelband.
Engraved bookplate of the Bibliothèque du château de Sercy to upper pastedown; circular ink stamp of same to title. A second stamp of the same library to recto of second upper free end, below which reads in biro manuscript: humble hommage | à celle de P. Audiat, and below this in pencil, donné par M. de Sercy | à Pierre Audiat, | donné par Pierre Audiat | à l'ami (de Montaigne) | Maurice Rat. | P. A. The Château de Sercy is a 12th-century fortress, modified as a residence in the 15th century, located in Sercy at Saône-et-Loire in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. It was classified an historical landmark in 1974. Pierre Audiat was a journalist, columnist, and literary critic. A former student of the École Normale Supérieure, he achieved his Doctorate in literature in 1924, and was elevated to president of the Thiers Foundation. Maurice Rat was a French writer, philologist, translator, and literary critic, born 2 March 1891 in Mignaloux-Beauvoir, and died May 13, 1969 at the Boucicaut Hospital in the 15th Arrondissement. He was noted for being president of the Société des amis de Montaigne.
Pettegree 7186 (location P02, i.e. Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal H 12721); not in Lindsay & Nau, or Welsh Newberry checklists.
1Boucherat, Nicolas. Remonstrance faite au Roy le 18. de Iuin 1578. en la ville de Rouen, par Frere Nicolas Boucherat Abbé de Cisteaux: pour & au nom des Estats de Bourgongne. Ensemble la responce de sa Maiesté. [N.l., n.p., n.d.; c1578] Note copy at Harold B. Lee Library, BYU.