[ Elaborate seventeenth-century French binding to cosmological work with bookplate of Marquess of Crewe. ] Corrected Manuscript ('Manuscrit Original') of the Chevalier de Jant's translation of the 'Theologie Curieuse' of Jerónimo Osório da Fonseca.

Jacques de Jant [ le Chevalier de Jant ] (1626-1676); Jerónimo Osório da Fonseca (1506-1580); Robert Crewe-Milnes (1858-1945), 1st Marquess of Crewe, Liberal politician and book collector; cosmology
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Without place or date (a seventeenth-century manuscript of a work published in Dijon by Pierre Palliot in 1666).
SKU: 20799

189pp., small 4to (23.5 x 16 cm). Each page ruled with red lines, with the text written in a clear, neat and pleasing hand, with extensive annotation to the ample margins, and a few emendations to the main text. In light-brown full-leather binding, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Internally in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with top corner of front free endpaper slightly cropped. Binding in good condition, with some wear to corners. The binding is an attractive one, with sturdy boards and the spine in six compartments one of them filled with the title in gilt 'THEOLO | GIE | CVRIEVSE'. The binding is lavishly tooled in gilt, with dentelles to the internal and external borders, those on the covers enclosing an intricate pattern of fleurs-de-lys, with smaller fleurs-de-lys filling five of the compartments on the spine. The front pastedown carries the armorial bookplate of the Marquess of Crewe ('E LIBRIS | ROBERTI COMITIS DE CREWE') by Allan Wyon. Jant's translation was published in Dijon by Pierre Palliot in 1666, and the present item is presumed to be the original manuscript, the words 'Manuscript Original' being written in manuscript on the reverse of the front free endpaper. The volume begins with the seven-page dedication by 'Le Che. de Jant', and a four-page 'Table des Questions'. The work itself follows, the first page headed by the drophead title: 'Theologie Curieuse | Contenant la Naissance du Monde. Avec douze Questions les plus belles, et les plus Curieuses, qui se puissent faire sur ce sujet.' The work deals, from an orthodox standpoint, with various cosmological matters: the age and roundness of the earth, the heavens, the creation and the firmament. See, for example: 'Question IV. De l'Unité du Monde, et de la Pluralité imaginée par certains Philosophes.' And 'Question VI. De la Rondeur de la Terre, et de l'Eau. | Question VII du Globe de la Terre et de l'Eau […] Question XI. Des Ames que l'on a attribuées aux Cieux et aux Astres.' Laid down on the reverse of the first leaf is a 12mo leaf, carrying a page of closely written manuscript in a nineteenth-century French hand giving a brief biographical description of de Jant and a list of six of his works.