Critical prefaces of the French Renaissance

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PIERRE DE LARIVEY
DEDICATION AND PROLOGUES TO HIS Comédies
1579

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Les Six Premieres Comedies facecievses, de Pierre de Larivey, Champenois. A l'imitation des anciens Grecs, Latins, & modernes Italiens. Asçavoir, Le Laqvais. La Vefve. Les Esprits. Le Morfondv. Les Ialovx. Les Escolliers. A Paris, Chez Abel l'Angelier, tenant sa boutique au premier pillier de la grand' salle du Palais. M.D.LXXIX. Avec privilege dv Roy. [Harvard College Library.]

[Cf. Brunet, III, 840, and Supplément, I, 781; Tchemerzine, VII, 30-31.]


COLLATED:

(1597) Les Comedies facecievses de Pierre de Larivey, Champenois... Seconde Edition. A Lyon, Par Benoist Rigavd. 1597. [Harvard College Library, Library of Congress.]

(1601) Les Comedies Facecievses de Pierre de L'Arivey, Champenois... Seconde Edition. A Roven, De l'Imprimerie, De Raphaël du Petit Val, Libraire & Imprimeur ordinaire du Roy. 1601. [University of Chicago Library.]

[Cf. Brunet, III, 840, and Supplément, I, 781; Tchemerzine, VII, 31-35. The 1601 edition is apparently the same as that of 1600, with a new t.p. The 1611 ed. has not been collated.]

Pierre de Larivey's comedies were not original; they were all translated or adapted from Italian plays which had been published earlier in the century. In the same way the prologues were for the most part borrowed from the Italian sources: that to Le Laquais, from Lodovico Dolce's Il Ragazzo; that to La Veuve, from Nicolò Buonaparte's La Vedova; that to Les Jaloux, from Vincenzo Gabiani's I Gelosi. However, the prologue to Les Esprits was apparently not borrowed from the original Aridosio of Lorenzino de' Medici. The plays as well as the prefaces are reprinted in Viollet Le Duc's Ancien Théâtre françoys, Vols. V-VII ( Paris: P. Jannet, 1855-56); information on the sources is to be found in Volume V, pp. vxxii. Les Esprits is also printed in Edouard Fournier's Théâtre français au XVIe et au XVIIe siècle ( Paris: Laplace, Sanchez et Cie, [n.d.]), I, 144-228. For a detailed bibliography of the comedies, see L. Morin, Les Trois Pierre de Larivey ( Troyes: J.-L. Paton, 1937).

In spite of the fact that the majority of these prologues are not original, they are published here because of their close relationship to other statements on comedy during the century.

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