Item #1155 Liber utilissimus de quatuor hominis novissimis. Nempe I. Morte. II. Judicio. III. Inferni poenis. IIII. Gaudiis Coeli. Eiusdemde particolari judicio animarum. Modus optimus subieniendi. . Dionysius Carthusianus.
Liber utilissimus de quatuor hominis novissimis. Nempe I. Morte. II. Judicio. III. Inferni poenis. IIII. Gaudiis Coeli. Eiusdemde particolari judicio animarum. Modus optimus subieniendi. . .
Liber utilissimus de quatuor hominis novissimis. Nempe I. Morte. II. Judicio. III. Inferni poenis. IIII. Gaudiis Coeli. Eiusdemde particolari judicio animarum. Modus optimus subieniendi. . .
Charlotte Guillard, Printer: 16th Century Business Women

Liber utilissimus de quatuor hominis novissimis. Nempe I. Morte. II. Judicio. III. Inferni poenis. IIII. Gaudiis Coeli. Eiusdemde particolari judicio animarum. Modus optimus subieniendi. . .

Paris: Carola Guillard, via ad divum Jacobum sub Sole aureo, 1543. Item #1155

8vo. 170 x 105 mm., [6 ½ x 4 inches].  [8], 180 leaves.  Bound in contemporary stiff vellum, upper joint with expert repair; title-page with cotemporary scratch outs and graffiti in ink; some browning to paper stock from age.  Sound and not unattractive copy. 


Only edition printed by Charlotte Guillard (1488?–1557), the notable women printer whose printed under her own name after the deaths of her two husbands, also printers.  “Between 1537 and 1557 Charlotte Guillard printed or published158 different titles or an average of 8 books per year at her print shop and home Soleil d’Or or Sole Aureo.  She catered to the student and professional trade as well as monasteries and religious houses with libraries.  He concentrated on theological and religous works as well as civil law, canon law, dictionaries, and titles printed in Greek. 


“To sum up, she concentrated on critical editions of the Church Fathers and Roman legal texts, and thus established herself in the main stream of French humanism.”


 


For the next twenty years after her second husband’s death (Claude Chevallon d. 1537) Charlotte took charge of her life and continued to build a business and during a short period of time was the second largest producer of printed book in Paris.  She managed a books shop, a printing company with 4 or 5 presses and about 25 workers, she owned land and properties in Paris and the surrounding countryside, she loaned money, collected rents, and provided marriage dowries for her nieces, the children of her brother, and a number of unrelated girls.  She is considered one of the most successful and influential women printers in 16th century France.


In 1539, two years after her husband’s death, Charlotte published along with Jean Loys, Jean Petit and Jean de Roigny and edition of Denis the Carthusian’s commentaries on the Psalms of David. The same year Guillard in partnership with Jean Loys : Jean Petit : Jean de Roigny printed an edition of the letters of Saint Paul, which appeared again in 1540.  In partnership with many of the same printers Guillard continued to issue editions of the works of Denis the Carthusian’s work, which was a testament to her position in the Parisian book trade.  According to OCLC all of these editions are known in one or two copies only, in U S libraries.


The title of this work by Denis the Carthusian reads in English, A very useful book about four stages of  the later life of man.  I. Death. II. Judgment. III. The punishments of hell. III. The joys of heaven . . . It was published in numerous editions, but this edition appears to be quite rare.  Not cited in OCLC or NUC.  A similar edition was published in Paris the same year by Jean de Roigny, also rare in U. S. libraries.


Susan Broomhall, Women and the Book Trade in Sixteenth Century France p. 55.  Beatrice Beech, Charlotte Guillard Sixteenth Century Business Women, Renaissance Quarterly, 36 n. 3 (1983), pp. 345, 367.  Contemporaries of Erasmus, p, 387.  Alex Erdman, Glorious Silence, pp. 140, 247.   Not cited in Brunet or Ebert.


 

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Price: $2,200.00

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