Critical prefaces of the French Renaissance

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JEAN MAUGIN
PREFACE TO Palmerin d'Olive
1546

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Le Premier Livre de Palmerin d'Oliue, filz du Roy Florendos de Macedone et de la belle Griane, fille de Remicivs emperevr de Constantinople. Histoire plaisante & de singuliere recreacion, traduite iadis par vn auteur incertain de Castilian en Françoys, lourd & inusité, sans art, ou disposicion quelconque. Maintenant reueuë, & mise en son entier selon nostre vulgaire, par Iean Maugin natif d'Angiers. Soing & Secret. Auecq' Priuilege du Roy. A Paris. 1546. De l'Imprimerie de Ieanne de Marnef, Pour Iean Longis libraire, tenant sa boutique au Palays en la galerie par ou l'on va à la Chancelerie. [Columbia University Library.]

[Cf. Brunet, IV, 330; Graesse, V, 113.]


COLLATED:

(1553) L'Histoire de Palmerin d'Oliue, filz du roy Florendos de Macedone, et de la belle Griane, fille de Remicivs emperevr de Constantinople: discours plaisant & de singuliere recreation, traduit iadis par vn Auteur incertain de Castilian en Françoys, mis en lumiere & en son entier, selon nostre vulgaire, par Ian Maugin, dit le petit Angeuin. Reueu & emendé par le mesme Auteur. Probé & Tacité. Auec priuilege du Roy. A Paris. Par Estienne Groulleau, libraire demourant en la rue Neuue nostre Dame, à l'enseigne saint Iean Baptiste, pres Sainte Geneuieue des Ardans. 1553. [Newberry Library.]

[Cf. Brunet, IV, 330-31.]

Palmerin d'Olive was another of the romances of chivalry which, in the sixteenth century, were extensively read in translations and prosifications. Jean Maugin, who translated and adapted it, mentions an "auteur incertain" as his source; this predecessor is assumed by Brunet to be "Jean de Voyer, vicomte de Paulmy, seigneur d'Argenson, à qui La Croix du Maine attribue une traduction de Palmerin d'Olive" (IV, 331). Maugin himself also wrote versions of the Tristan de Léonnois story (1554) and of the Orgueilleuse d' Amours, and translated such ancient works as Apuleius and such Italians as Machiavelli (cf. Du Verdier, ed. Rigoley de Juvigny, II, 466-67). The Palmerin d'Olive was apparently very popular in the second half of the century, as witnessed by later editions in 1553, 1572, 1573, 1576, 1593, and 1619.


[ã ij] AUX NOBLES, VERTUEUX ET ILLUSTRES FRANÇOYS,1 JEAN MAUGIN DIT LE PETIT ANGEVIN BAISE LES MAINS DE LEUR SEIGNEURIE

Les anciens Romains (manifiques2 seigneurs) pour mieux atirer leurs citoyens à l'amour de vertu et avoir en horreur le vice, non seulement escrivirent loix, fisrent publier editz, créerent censeurs, entretindrent gents

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Aux Gentilzhommes nobles et vertueux Françoys 1553 2.tres illustres 1553

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