VIGNIER (Nicolas)


De la Noblesse, ancienneté, remarques, & mérites d’honneur de la troisième maison de France.

Paris, l’Angelier, 1587.

In-8 (175 x 110 mm), 206 pp. unbound but in one block; crossed-out bookplate dated 1587 on title, small pale wetness on a few leaves.

First and only published edition of this historiographical work proving the legitimacy of Hugues Capet and the greatness of the Capetians.
It is traditionally attributed to Nicolas Vignier (1530-1596), a Calvinist jurist from Troyes exiled in Germany, who returned to Paris at the request of Henri III. Converted to Catholicism, he became personal physician and historiographer to the king, who appointed him Conseiller d'Etat in 1589. Celani attributes the work to François Pithou.

A curious copy, corrected and enlarged with handwritten notes, probably for a second edition.
The volume contains some thirty handwritten corrections concerning spelling, pagination, punctuation or adding a missing word.
Two corrections suggest that they may be author's notes - proving in passing that the author is indeed Nicolas Vignier - changing the references to Henri III's historiographer, quoted in the third person in the text, to the first person.
Thus, the passage "Vignier a monstré en son histoire de France" becomes in the annotation "iay monstré en mon histoire de France". A little further on, "Car Vignier a vérifié" becomes "Car iay vérifié".
The volume also contains five handwritten supplements added with paper strips glued in the margins.

Amusingly, the last leaf was repaired by gluing a piece of paper to it before printing.

Adams, V-756 – Balsamo & Simonin, n°189 – Guigard, Bibliothèque héraldique, n°1688.

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