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Research in Progress related to the 1558 Histoires des amans fortunez of Pierre Boaistuau. Editio princeps of the Heptameron of Queen Marguerite de Navarre . Cultural & literary context.

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research in progress related to the 1558 histoires des amans fortunez of pierre boaistuau

Research in Progress related to the 1558 Histoires des amans fortunez of Pierre Boaistuau

Editioprinceps of the Heptameron of Queen Marguerite de Navarre

cultural literary context
Cultural & literary context
  • 1540-1588: Consolidation of the state, rise of bureaucracy, the last generation of powerful post-feudal noble families: Valois, Bourbons, D’Albrets, Montmorencys, and Guises
  • A Catholic country with a Protestant minority
  • Manuscript culture gives way to the printing press
  • The forgotten best-sellers of Pierre Boaistuau “de Launay” 1556-1560-(1572)
the first second editions of the heptameron
The first & second editions of the Heptameron
  • 1558
  • Editor: Pierre Boaistuau
  • Dedicatee: Marguerite de Bourbon
  • No author named on title page
  • Privilège: 6 years
  • 1559
  • Editor: Claude Gruget
  • Patron: Jeanne d’Albret, Queen of Navarre
  • Author: Marguerite Queen of Navarre
  • Privilège: 10 years
the sins of pierre boaistuau
the sins of Pierre Boaistuau
  • Went to the wrong royal princess for patronage
  • Suppressed the name of the author
  • Disarranged the narrative format
  • Skipped a few of the stories
  • Toned down some of the remainder
jeanne d albret the warrior queen of navarre 1555 1572
Jeanne D’Albret, the warrior Queen of Navarre, 1555-1572

Daughter of Marguerite, the author of the Heptameron

the 1558 edition gone
The 1558 edition: gone
  • Jeanne d’Albret bought them, or paid to have them pulped, and commissioned a new edition
  • Copies survive in 8 institutional collections
  • 3 copies were still in private hands in the early 20th century
printing and publication in 16 th century paris
Printing and publication in 16th century Paris
  • Shared expense & shared distribution: shifting partnerships, project based
  • Division of labor: print, publish/distribute, secure the rights to reproduce
  • The Sertenas group – In-laws, widows & long-standing partnerships
  • Gilles Gilles, the undocumented printer
threads to pursue history of books printing
Threads to Pursue: history of books & printing
  • Why was Boaistuau’s edition scrambled & “confus?”
  • Establishing from presswork that the same group printed both the 1558 & 1559 editions
  • The mechanisms of suppression – why did the privilège not protect the 1558 edition?
  • How did a Paris printers’ cartel operate?
  • The hidden career of printer Gilles Gilles
  • The provenance history of surviving copies
threads to pursue historical biographical
Threads to Pursue: Historical, biographical
  • The mystery of the dedication – still stumped
  • Marguerite de Bourbon-Vendome, who eludes some researchers – could correct some recent published errors
  • The strange afterlife of the rival patrons : the adoption of Marie de Cleves (don’t understand it) and the funeral of Jeanne d’Albret as described by la Reine Margot in her memoirs (further research determined this was a dead-end – 3/2010)
completing and publishing this story subdividing funding venues
Completing and publishing this story: subdividing, funding, venues?
  • What are the logical components of this story?
  • What audiences might want to hear or read about them?
  • Funding sources for any of this work?
  • Update 3/2010: Received a Houghton Library fellowship-in-residence grant to pursue some of these answers in the collection at Harvard
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