Duchesne (Leger) Praelectionum et poematum liber, collation: a-n8 (n8 blank), woodcut device on title, criblé initials, some worming, affecting text in first third of book and then only to inner margin, neat manuscript correction to 3 leaves in sig. k, modern calf, spine gilt, 8vo (165 x 95 mm.), Paris, Thomas Richard, 1549.
⁂ First edition, the prose critical treatise interspersed with verse dialogues, and concluding with fifty pages of epigrams, elegies, epitaphs and verse epistles. This is an early work of the prolific poet, philologist, and anti-Huguenot polemicist, whose assembly of neo-Latin poetry (Flores epigrammatum ex optimis quibusque authoribus excerpti, the second volume titled Farrago poematum, 1555-60) is the first of the 'General Anthologies and Collections' cited by Ijsewijn (1977 ed., p. 230).
The work appears to be rare, USTC recording seven copies in continental Europe, and Harvard and Newberry in America; COPAC adds Cambridge, and the National Library of Wales.
Literature: Adams D1021; not in the BN-Opale catalogue or the French Union Catalogue; Cioranescu 8628.