F. Beroalde de Verville – Le Moyen de Parvenir
A lovely edition (first edition 1732) illustrated with a lovely frontispiece engraving. It includes the Dissertation de La Monnoye as well as the tales in French and Latin verses from the Moyen de Parvenir. Very lovely binding, collectible books, numbered edition.
F. Beroalde de Verville – Le Moyen de Parvenir – 1773 (2 volumes)
lxxvi-335; lii-328 pages (complete)
Bindings in very good condition, works in their original half morocco binding with corners, covers and spine in very good condition, spine with 5 raised bands, adorned ribbed spine, gilded fillet on the borders, gilded upper edge – 17 x 10 cm.
Inside in very good condition, presence of a delicate frontispiece, marbled endpapers, rare pale spots of foxing, otherwise in lovely condition.
Le Moyen de parvenir is a collection of joyful little tales from which not only Tabarin and the pseudo-Bruscambille have drawn from, but also by Aubigné from his Baron de Foeneste, and Sorée from his Francion.
The man behind the book
François Béroalde de Verville (1556 – 1626) was a French Renaissance novelist, poet and intellectual. Béroalde had close ties to the intellectual and creative milieus of the late 16th century and early 17th century. His writings cover topics as varied as history, mathematics, optics, alchemy, medicine, painting, sculpture, love, silk… He wrote in both verse and prose, and in all manner of tones. Béroalde represents a literature of transition from the Valois court to the Bourbon court of Henri IV and the baroque, and he attempted to compete with the translation of foreign masterpieces by the creation of original works in French. Béroalde also published several long fiction works. With their elaborate plots, multiple characters and adventurous situations, these adventure novels show the inspiration of the Hispano-Portuguese chivalric adventure novel and of the ancient Greek novel. His most famous work is the playful, chaotic, baroque, sometimes obscene Moyen de parvenir – a parody of books of “table talk”, in which a host of famous individuals debate, discuss and joke with often coarse humor about historical and philosophical matters.
Béroalde’s corpus is vast and his works show a preoccupation with encyclopedic learning, the organization of knowledge and the difficulties of interpretation.
Largely forgotten since the 17th century, Béroalde was rediscovered in the 19th century and has gained renewed critical appreciation in recent years.