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1 [ESTIENNE, Henri (1528-1598)] Traicté de la Conformité du Langage François auec le Grec, Diuisé en trios liures, dont les deux premiers traictent des manieres de parler conformes: le troisieme cotient plusieurs mors François, les vns pris du Grec entierement, les autres en partie: c’est à dire, en ayans retenu quelsques letteres par lesquelles on peult remarquer leur etymologie… En ce Traicté sont descouuerts quelsques secrets tant de la langue Grecque que de la Françoise: duquel l’auteur est Henri Estienne
Paris: Robert Estienne 1569 1565146x14713 hardcover 1 
Paris:: Robert Estienne. 1569. hardcover. 1. Small 8vo. [34], 171 pp. a.e.g. Elegant early twentieth-century full brown morocco, blind-ruled covers and spine, gilt-stamped ornaments, raised bands, gilt-stamped title, gilt-stamped turn-ins. 19th century leather armorial bookplate of Marigues de Champ-Repus. Fine. . FIRST PARIS EDITION of this classic, first published clandestinely at Geneva in 1565. As Henri Estienne’s first work in French, it represents the first piece in his trilogy on the French language, in which he claims superiority for his native tongue over all others, excepting only Greek, which he says is the most perfect and that which French most closely resembles. His French prose is generally regarded as some of the finest of the Renaissance period; according to Charles Nodier he was, “…le premier et le plus national de nos prosateurs du seizième siècle, après Rabelais et Montaigne”. Provenance: 19th century leather bookplate of Marigues de Champ-Repus, who published and noted the poetical works of his ancestor Jacques de Champ-Repus. BM Readex Vol. 8, p. 1029; Brunet II 1075; Graesse p. 505; Renouard 171.4; Schreiber, The Estiennes, 240. kFischer 
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