In Venetia: Per Giacomo Bortoli, 1654. 1st edition thus, i.e., by this publisher, with the first Italian translation, research suggests, appearing in 1630. , 348 pp. Untrimmed. Printer's device (presumed) to t.p. Head- tailpieces. Decorative initial capital letters. 12mo: a^6 A - O^12 P^6. P3 mis-signed a3. 6-1/4" x 3-3/4". Early drab paper binding with hand inked title to spine. Spine a bit sun-tanned. Bookplate. Period pos to t.p. Leaves D1 & D2 rounghly opened, with top corner lacking [just touching, but not removing] page numbers. Paper defect to M12 [no text affected]. Withal, a pleasing VG+ copy. Item #33704
This a translation of Camus' Élise, ou, L'innocence Coupable, which was first published in 1621. "Jean-Pierre Camus was one of the most prolific authors of the period 1620-1648. His prose is succinct, without the elaborate rhetoric of authors -- such as Antoine de Nervèze -- from the previous generation. He also shows a vast knowledge of poetry.
Camus's first works were strongly influenced by the Essays of Michel de Montaigne, albeit with more religious content. His spiritual works were directly inspired by Saint François de Sales; he was critical of mendicant orders and wrote extensively on poverty, grace and spiritual reflection.
His fictional works encompass both novels and short stories. His dark and violent stories, often based on contemporary anecdotes or criminal incidents (he wrote over 1000 such works) were in the tradition of the horrific tales ("histoires tragiques") of Matteo Bandello, popular in France in the late Renaissance and early seventeenth century. His longer works show the influence of ancient Greek novels (such as the works of Heliodorus of Emesa and Achilles Tatius), with their scenes of tempests and kidnappings. Much of his fiction has a moralistic intention, showing human folly, the unruliness of passions, the dangers of illicit love, and the saving grace of divine love." [Wiki; see also: Sollier, Catholic Encyclopedia].
All Italian editons are rare... OCLC records just one holding of this edition [Harvard]. KVK locates 2 copies in Italy.