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Rare first and only editions of Neo-Latin poems on ships and monkeys

CHARLEVAL, Charles-François de.
Navis carmen.
Rennes, widow of Mathurnus Denys, 1695. With a folding engraved plate of a 44-gun ship.
With: (2) CHARLEVAL, Charles-François de. Simius carmen.
Rennes, widow of Mathurnus Denys, [ca. 1695]. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine.
€ 2,950
Ad 1: Rare first and only edition of a Neo-Latin poem on ships and shipbuilding, including several lines on the etymology of the various terms used to describe a ship, which are depicted on a folding engraving. Although elegantly composed, the author seemingly made several educated guesses as to the true origin of several terms. Charleval "had neglected to research the true origins of the terms which he employed" (Jal).
Ad 2: Rare first and only edition of a Neo-Latin poem on the properties of monkeys. As in singerie paintings, in which monkeys imitate human behaviour, the monkeys in the poem are in fact a mirror for human behaviour.
Charles-François de Charleval (1667-1747) was a French Neo-Latin poet and a member of the Jesuit order.
With a stamp and shelf-mark of René Moreux (1876-1957) on the back of the first title-page. Binding restored. With the plate and text of ad 1 somewhat shaved; a good copy.
Ad 1: Backer & Sommervogel II, col. 1075, nr. 2; CCfr (3 copies); Jal, Glossaire nautique, p. 13; not in Oberlé; ad 2: Backer & Sommervogel II, col. 1075, nr. 1; CCfr (6 copies); Oberlé, Poètes néo-latins, 339.
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