Critical prefaces of the French Renaissance

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PIERRE DE RONSARD
Abbregé de l'Art Poëtique François 1565

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Abbregé de l'Art poëtique françois. A Alphonce Delbene Abbé de Havtecombe en Savoye. Scribendi rectè, sapere est, & principium & fons. A Paris. Chez Gabriel Buon, au clos Bruneau, à l'enseigne S. Claude. 1565. Auec Priuilege du Roy. [B.N., Paris.]

[Cf. Brunet, IV, 1383; Tchemerzine, IX, 445; De Ricci, No. 57, p. 129.]


COLLATED:

( 1567) Les Poemes de P. de Ronsard Gentilhomme Vandomois. Tome Troisiesme. A Paris, Chez Gabriel Buon au cloz Bruneau à l'enseigne S. Claude. 1567. Avec privilege dv Roy. [ Abrégé, pp. 175 v-188 r. Library of Congress.]

( 1571) Les Poemes de P. de Ronsard gentilhomme Vandomois, Tome Troisiesme. A Paris, Chez Gabriel Buon au cloz Bruneau, à l'enseigne S. Claude. 1571. Avec privilege dv Roy. [A separate section of the volume, with pages numbered 1-30, but without separate title page. Harvard College Library.]

( 1573) Les Poemes de P. de Ronsard gentilhomme Vandomois, Tome Troisieme. A Paris, Chez Gabriel Buon au cloz Bruneau, à l'enseigne S. Claude. 1573. Avec privilege dv Roy. [ Abrégé, pp. 495-524. Harvard College Library.]

( 1592) Les Qvatre Premiers Livres de la Franciade. Av Roy TresChrestien, Charles nevfiesme de ce nom. Plvs, Le Bocage Royal, à Henry III. Roy de France & de Polougne. Par Pierre de Ronsard Gentilhomme Vandomois. Tome III. A Lyon, Povr Thomas Sovbron. M.D. XCII. [ Abrégé, pp. 399-424. Harvard College Library.]

[ Brunet, IV, 1383, also lists separate editions of Paris: Guil. Linocier, 1585 and Avignon: Jac. Barro, 1586; cf. Tchemerzine, IX, 445. De Ricci, No. 59, p. 131, lists an edition of Rouen: Jean et Pierre Gaultier, 1566. None of these editions have been collated.]

In the opinion of Dom Edmond Bernardet ( Un Abbé de Hautecombe, Grenoble, 1937, pp. 28-30), the immediate occasion for the writing of the Abrégé was the funeral of Adrien Turnèbe, who died in Paris on June 12, 1565. Alphonse Delbene, who had studied under Turnèbe at the Collège Royal, came to Paris for the rites and there renewed contact with Ronsard. The two friends discussed the art of poetry, and out of these discussions came the Abrégé, quickly completed and addressed to Delbene: "lequel,"

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