Miracle de nostre dame la marquise de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ... Imprime nouuelleme~t a Paris

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[33 ff.] pages; Old marbled paper-covered boards, ms. title on label mounted to the front cover. 33 leaves, unpaginated. Text printed in a gothic black letter type, with 2 woodcut illustrations. The long title transcribes the manuscript original, including its dropped letter abbreviations: "Miracle de nostre dame la marq[ui]se de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ. Et est le dict miracle a XVII person~aiges..." This beautifully printed small volume appears to be a type-facsimile of an early printed book, but it is really an original production from 1841 -- the editio princeps of an important fourteenth century French mystery play. It is one of a group collectively known as the "Miracles de Nostre Dame par personnages" -- (originally performed annually between 1339 and 1382 at the meetings of the Confrérie Saint-Éloi of the Parisian Goldsmiths' Guild). The texts of these forty plays were preserved in two precious manuscript volumes once the property of the French crown and now in the Bibliotheque Nationale: [MS. 2 vols. Bibl. Nat. 819-820. The first volume contains 22 plays; the second contains 18 plays. The pair are known also as MS. de Cangé, and date from the 15th century]. The present play is number twelve in the BN MS -- "La marquise de la Gaudine." The story is one of the most vivid of these early mystery plays, and is likely to have been an adaptation of sources drawn from the old romances and chansons de geste. The earthy plot involves the intervention of the Virgin only as an agent of consolation at the end. The uncle of the marquise seeks in vain to seduce his niece during her husband's absence. Desiring revenge for her rejection of his advances, he puts a dwarf in her bed while she sleeps, pretends to "discover" him there, murders his planted "lover," and accuses the marquise of adultery. The marquise's husband on his return condemns her to be burned alive. Fortunately, a knight whom she has formerly befriended arrives at this crucial point, proclaims her innocence, and challenges anyone who will deny it. The uncle, who has been responsible for this mess, unwisely accepts the Knight's challenge, is conquered, and admits that his accusation was false. The marquis and marquise are reunited, while the knight is rewarded with half the uncle's lands. The role of Nostre Dame is subordinate, as she descends from heaven only to comfort the marquise and to assure the knight of her innocence. There are thirty two unpaginated leaves with the text (signed A-H4), plus a final leaf with two-pages of historical information by the editor, signed "A.V." -- [Auguste Veinant (an anagram of Gustave Aventin)]. There are two wood-engraved illustrations: a depiction of the marquise of Gaudine on her way to meet her unpleasant fate on the title page, and a full-page woodcut depicting the heroic Knight, between the end of the text and the leaf of the editor's explanation. The modern editor explains that the former is based on the miniature at the head of the text in the BN manuscript. "A.V." also explains that up until 1841, only thirteen of the forty plays had been published, the present "Marquise de Gaudine" being one of the final pair. The modern colophon appears immediately below: "Achevé d'imprimer le 20 fevrier 1841, par CRAPELET, rue de Vaugirard, no. 9; et se vend a Paris, chez SILVESTRE, Libraire, Rue des Bons-Enfants, no. 30." A modern description of the original manuscript volumes and confirmation that this 1841 publication is the editio princeps of the Marquise de Gaudine can be found in "References for students of miracle plays and mysteries," by Francis Hovey Stoddard (Berkeley, 887) -- see pp. 27-8. The binding is executed with marbled paste-downs but no matching free endpapers, front and rear.

Title: Miracle de nostre dame la marquise de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ... Imprime nouuelleme~t a Paris

Author Name: Anonymous

Categories: Literature, 19th Century, Philosophy and Religion, French Language and Literature,

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Publisher: Paris, Par Crapelet chez Silvestre: 1841

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Size: 12mo

Seller ID: 41495

Keywords: Miracle play Fourteenth century French literature Marquise de la Gaudine Auguste Alexandre Veinant Bibl. Nat. 819-820 MS. de Cangé