[Bayard Bookplate and Primitive Iron Bookmark within:] Histoire de Pierre Terrail, dit Le Chevalier Bayard, Sans Peur & sans Reproche.
With a designed 19th century bookplate with the legend “Bayard”
Biography of celebrated French Renaissance soldier, Pierre Terrail (1476–1524), more generally known as the Chevalier (Knight) de Bayard or simply, le bon chevalier—the good knight.
Biographer Guyard de Berville here presents a portrait of nobility, exemplified in the long and courageous military career of the Chevalier de Bayard, who served three successive French kings.
This copy has three interesting aspects:
First, tipped into the book is a pictorial bookplate on wove paper bearing the simple legend, “Bayard.” The bookplate depicts a portrait of a man in renaissance costume, possibly Chevalier de Bayard as an older man. It is unclear whose bookplate this is, but it may have been commissioned by a Bayard descendant. The bookplate is signed “J. G. Z.” and possibly attributed this to James George Zobell (1792–1879) an English engraver in London who was known for his portraits as well as engravings for sporting prints.
Second, below the imprint date, and after the royal approbation, are the manuscript initials “G. B.” Was this inscription made by the author, Guyard de Berville?
Third, a crude eighteenth[?] or nineteenth[?] century ferrous-based bookmark is inserted between T ij and T iij, in the gutter, and clips over the text block into the spine’s hollow.
Description: [Bayard Bookplate and Primitive Iron Bookmark within:] Histoire de Pierre Terrail, dit Le Chevalier Bayard, Sans Peur & sans Reproche.
Paris: Chez Pierre-Laurent Giffart, Librairie, MDCCLX . First Edition. 12mo. xxxii, 524pp., papered boards; printed paper spine label; modestly tooled spine decorations; speckled edges. Pictorial wove paper bookplate with legend “Bayard,” engraved by “J. G. Z.” Binding scuffed; sewing opened between title leaf and subsequent leaf; text quite clean; an unsophisticated good copy in an early, if not contemporary, binding.
OCLC: 6 cc., various accessions, for this 1760 first edition; unlisted in American institutions.