Les sarrazins chassez de France. Poëme heroïque ...

Paris, chez Claude Barbin, 1667.

12mo, pp. [36], 130 (without final blank); woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces; side notes cut close, a very few light marks; very good in nineteenth-century dark green morocco, double gilt fillet border to covers, spine in compartments, decorated and lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins and edges, marbled endpapers; boards slightly warped at head, light damp staining at head of endpapers; old bookseller’s description to front pastedown.


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Rare first edition of this poetic account of the expulsion of the Saracens from France by Childebrand I (c. 678 – 751), written by Jacques Carel de Sainte Garde (1620 – 1684), almoner and counsellor to Louis XIV. Prefaced by a short treatise on versification in heroic poetry, the poem runs to four books, and is dedicated to the Sun King.

Carel was ridiculed by Nicolas Boileau for his choice of the little-known Childebrand as the hero of his poem, and in the 1668 edition changed the title to Charle Martel, ou les Sarrazins chassez de France in honour of Childebrand’s more famous brother, whose victory against Muslim invaders at the Battle of Tours in 732 is considered a landmark in the history of western Europe. Carel continued to work on the poem, which by 1679 had grown to sixteen books.

OCLC records only five copies, at Yale, Harvard, BnF, the University of Caen, and the University of Göttingen. Not on Library Hub.

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