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Les triu[m]phes de la noble et amoureuse Dame et l’art de honnestement aymer.
A large volume in-8º of (2) bl. ff., 12 ff.n.ch. (including the title), 390 ff. in cold-stamped brown calf (Binding restored, first two leaves restored, headband and endpapers redone, some spotting and dampening, corner missing on ff. 114, 115 and 168. A few pagination errors, two different leaves numbered 143 and 144).book in gothic letters. Numerous initials.
Originally published in Poitiers in 1530, Les triumphes de la noble et amoureuse Dame is one of the most famous works of the poet and historian from Poitiers Jean Bouchet (1476-ca 1557-59), friend of Rabelais and Ronsard (father of the poet). Written in verse and prose, this curious mystical work, whose noble and loving Lady is none other than the soul itself and whose triumph is the fulfillment of virtue and morality in everyday life according to the Church, is also of human interest, with chapters on the relationship between husband and wife, the education of children, dietetics, anatomy (including a description of the reproductive organs), etc.
Addressed more particularly to women, the Traverseur des voyes périlleuses, nickname used by the author in the title of several of his works, dedicates his book to the queen of France, Eléonore of Austria, wife of king François I. It is a precious testimony on the daily life of couples during the Renaissance. Brunet I, 1161-62
Jean Bouchet (1476-1557) is a French poet recognized by the assimilation of his work to that of the great rhetoricians.