Le romant satyrique de Jean Delannel, Escuyer Seigneur du Chaintreau & du Chambort. Jean de Lannel.
Le romant satyrique de Jean Delannel, Escuyer Seigneur du Chaintreau & du Chambort.
Le romant satyrique de Jean Delannel, Escuyer Seigneur du Chaintreau & du Chambort.
17th Century French Satire

Le romant satyrique de Jean Delannel, Escuyer Seigneur du Chaintreau & du Chambort.

A Paris: Chez Tuossainct du Bray, rue Sainct Jacques, aux Epics-meurs, M. DC. XXIIII [1624]. First edition. In 18th century leather. Spine with five raised bands, compartments with gilt ornament and title. Edges tinted in red and brown. Woodcut initials and headpieces. (16), 1115, (3 [last 2 blank]) p. Collation: á8, A–Z8, Aa–Zz8, Aaa–Yyy8 [last leaf blank]. Old collection vignette and inscription in ink on inner front panel and flyleaf. Occasional brown stains throughout, and sporadic foxing. Paper somewhat tanned, few quires darker. Binding slightly rubbed, bumped at corner, small damage to the head of spine. Overall in very good condition.

First edition of Lannel’s scarce and most important work. A social satire about the disorders and corruption of the early seventeenth century France.

Jean de Lannel (around 1590–1630) was a minor however important French writer of the early seventeenth century. Very little is known about his life, Lannel received Jesuit education, studied law, and around 1608 he entered the service of the Duc de Brissac as court secretary, later the Duc de Lorraine (to whom Le romant satyrique is dedicated). He was active in the field of literature between 1621 and 1625 and due to his affiliations to the important milieux and movements of the epoch, his novels could reflect in an instructive manner the major themes and preoccupations which prevailed in France at the time, which make Le romant satyrique a particularly interesting and significant literary monument. (Hardee, 1967)

The present book was published in 1624 and subsequently republished in the following year, however with major changes both in the names of characters and the scene which is replaced to India thus the title was revised too to Le Romant des Indes.

Le romant satyrique is Lannel’s most important work, an extensive narrative in which a large number of personages, from a variety of social settings engaged in multiple adventures of political and military events, which present analogies with the history of France under the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIII. The book also represents several aspects of customs of the epoch through anecdotes or narrative scenes, it also uses fictional episodes in which the imaginative fantasy of the author is displayed and also there are passages which credibly refer to Lannel’s own biography. (Hardee, 1967)

Bibl.: Cramer, H.: Si on m'a bien entendu: A Study of the Role of the Reader in Jean de Lannel's Romant satyrique. In: Australian Journal of French Studies. Volume 16, Issue 1, 1979. Clayton (Victoria) Monash University, 1978. pp. 307–322.; Hardee, A. M.: Jean de Lannel and the Pre-Classical French Novel. Genève: Libraire Droz, 1967.

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