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Pierre de Ronsard 1524 – 1585

Gordon 1550 .R65

Les Quatre premiers livres des odes de Pierre de Ronsard, Vandomois; Ensemble son Bocage , Paris, G. Cavellat, 1550.

With this first major collection of poems, Pierre de Ronsard hopes to become celebrated and influential at the court of Henri II. He also intends to be recognized as the leader of a new generation of poets, known as the “Brigade” (eventually becoming the “Pléïade”), who wants to transform French poetry into a very humanistic poetry in themes and style. Other poets in this group include Joachim Du Bellay and Jean-Antoine de Baïf.

The 1550 volume by Ronsard represents the most accomplished example of the antique and lyrical ode written in the vernacular. Three texts of introduction precede the five sections of poems (4 “books” or “Livres” of regular odes with an appendix of more irregular ones, the “Bocage”): first, the preface, “Au Lecteur,” then an “Avertissement au Lecteur,” and finally, in some copies of the edition, the “Suravertissement au Lecteur.” In each of them, and particularly in the first two, Ronsard develops his conception of the sublime in the lyrical genre and his “theology” of poetry. In the third one, he defends himself against criticism made by his opponents at the court. This short defense indicates that Ronsard was under attack, which is no surprise when we note the astonishingly aggressive tone he used in the preface, “Au Lecteur,” to describe his poetic enterprise.

The copy of the 1550 edition of the Odes in the Gordon Collection does not have the third introductory text, which seems to indicate that this copy belongs to the first state or “family” of the editio princeps (see J.-P. Barbier, Ma Bibliothèque poétique: Ronsard , Genève, Droz, 1990, p.20-22.)

Originally from the Henri Burton, Abel Lefranc and Lardanchet Collections, this copy is elegantly bound and bears the bookplate of Douglas Gordon.

 

Materials on this page were generously contributed by François Rouget, Queens University , Kingston , Ontario (2004)

INTERNET RESOURCES

Pierre de Ronsard: Bibliographie sommaire (Littérature) -- brief Ronsard bibliography prepared by Marie-Luce Demonet for the Agrégation de letters modernes et classiques, 2002.

http://193.52.215.193/sfdes/sfdes/Odesbibcourte.htm

Les Odes révisées sur les editions originales, publiées sur Epistemon (first four books of the odes transcribed, on the Epistemon site of the Centre des Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance) –

http://www.cesr.univ-tours.fr/Epistemon/cornucopie/Cornuc.asp

SIXTEENTH-CENTURY EDITIONS OF RONSARD IN THE GORDON COLLECTION

Note that most of the polemical works have been digitized and are available on the Ronsard page in the section on the French Wars of Religion.

Gordon 1549 .R65 no.1 L'hymne de France

Gordon 1549 .R65 no.2 Ode de la paix

Gordon 1550 .R65 Les quatre premiers liures des odes de Pierre de Ronsard, Vandomois. ; Ensemble son Bocage

Gordon 1554 .R65 no.1 Le bocage de P. de Ronsard Vandomoys

Gordon 1554 .R65 no.2 Les quatre premiers liures des odes de P. de Ronsard Vandomois

Gordon 1554 .R65 no.3 Le cinqieme des odes de P. de Ronsard, augmente. : Ensemble la harangue que fît monseigneur le Duc de Guise aus Soudars de Mez le iour qu'il pensoit auoir l'assaut

Gordon 1554 .R65 no.4 Les amours de P. de Ronsard Vandomois

Gordon 1554 .R65 no.5 Les meslanges de P. de Ronsard

Gordon 1554 .R65 no.6 Continuation des Amours de P. de Ronsard Vandomois

Gordon 1558 .R65 Ronsardi exhortatio ad milites Gallos

Gordon 1559 .R65 Discours a treshault et trespuissant prince, Monseigneur le Duc de Sauoye. ; Chant pastoral a Madame Marquerite, Duchesse de Sauoye. ; Plus, XXIIII inscriptions en faueur de quelques grands seigneurs, lesquelles deuoyent seruir en la comedie, qu'on esperoit representer en la maison de Guise par le commandement de Monseigneur le Reuerendissime Cardinal de Lorraine

Gordon 1563 .R65b no.1 Discours des misères de ce temps

Gordon 1563 .R65b no.2 Continuation du Discours des miseres de ce temps

Gordon 1563 .R65 Discours des misères de ce temps

Gordon 1563 .R66 Institution pour l'adolescence du roy treschrestien Charles neufuiesme de ce nom

Gordon 1563 .R67 Remonstrance au peuple de France

Gordon 1563 .R67b Remonstrance au peuple de France

Gordon 1563 .R656 Elegie de P. de Ronsard Vandomois, sur les troubles d'Amboise, mil cinq cens soixante

Gordon 1563 .R656b Elegie de P. de Ronsard Vandomois, sur les troubles d'Amboise, 1560

Gordon 1564 .R65 Institution pour l'adolescence du roy treschrestien Charles neufiesme de ce nom

Gordon 1568 .R65 Epitaphes par P. de Ronsard gentilhomme Vandomois, & autres doctes personnages sur le tombeau de haut & puissant seigneur. Anne duc de Mommorancy pair, et connestable de France

Gordon 1572 .R65 Les quatre premiers liure de la Franciade

Gordon 1574 .R65 Le tombeau du feu Roy tres-chrestien Charles Neufiesme, Prinde [sic] tres-debonnaire, tres-vertueux & tres-eloquent

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