Critical prefaces of the French Renaissance

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CLÉMENT MAROT
PREFACE TO THE Oeuvres de Françoys Villon 1533

TEXT:

Les Oevvres de Françoys Villon de Paris, reueues & remises en leur entier par Clement Marot valet de chambre du Roy. Distique du dict Marot: Peu de Villons en bon sauoir, Trop de Villons pour deceuoir. On les vend a Paris en la grant salle du Palais, en la bouticque de Galiot du Pre. [Not dated; privilège and achevé d'imprimer both dated September, 1533. B.N., Paris.]

[Cf. Brunet, V, 1248 and Supplément, II, 898; Tchemerzine, X, 476; Cat. Rothschild, No. 453.]


COLLATED:

( 1537) Les Oevvres de Francoys Villon de Paris, reueues & remises en leur entier par Clement Marot varlet de chambre du Roy. Distique du dict Marot [as above]. M.D.XXXVII. On les vend a Lyon chez Francoys Iuste deuant nostre Dame de Confort. [ Pierpont Morgan Library.]

[Cf. Brunet, V, 1249; Tchemerzine, X, 478.]

( 1540) Les oeuures de Francoys Villon de Paris, reveves et remises en leur entier par Clement Marot valet de chambre du Roy. Distique du dict Marot [as above]. On les vent a Paris en la grand salle du Palais en la boutique de Iehan Andry deuant la Chapelle de Messieurs. [Not dated; the date "1540" is only approximate. Pierpont Morgan Library.]

[Cf. Brunet, V, 1249 and Supplément, II, 899; Tchemerzine, X, 478. Other editions of ca. 1535, ca. 1540, and 1542, listed by Brunet, Tchemerzine, and the British Museum, have not been collated.]

Clément Marot's restoration or rifacimento of the text of Villon is a wellknown phase of his literary activity. He may have modified the text at the instance of the enterprising printer, Galiot du Pré, who in 1532 had brought out a very poor edition of the same poet. Marot's version became the standard one for readers of the sixteenth century, and was issued by various printers and publishers between 1533 and 1542, date of the last edition of Villon in that century. The text and the preface are discussed briefly by Henri Guy in his Clément Marot et son école ( Paris: Champion, 1926, pp. 94-95); the text is reprinted in Guiffrey's edition of Marot, II, 261-70.


[Aiij] CLEMENT MAROT DE CAHORS, VALET DE CHAMBRE DU ROY, AUX LECTEURS S.

Entre tousles bons livres imprimez de la langue Françoise, ne s'en veoit ung si incorrect ne si lourdement corrompu que celluy de Villon; et m'esbahy

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