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Auction archive: Lot number 46

Guitot, Les meditations, Paris, 1558, French tan calf for Wolfgang Frantz from the Collège de Fortet

Estimate
US$15,000 - US$20,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 46

Guitot, Les meditations, Paris, 1558, French tan calf for Wolfgang Frantz from the Collège de Fortet

Estimate
US$15,000 - US$20,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

Guitot, Jean. Les meditations des zelatevrs de piete, recveillies de plusieurs & diuers liures des sainctes & anciens Peres. Auec autres Meditations prinses en la librairie sainct Victor lez Paris. Le tout mis en François par Iehan Guytot Niuernois, Secretaire de Monseigneur le Duc de Lorraine. Paris: Pierre L’Huillier, 1568
A friendship binding, presented in July 1568 by Jean Henné (Hennaeus), Procurator of the Collège de Fortet in Paris, to the German student Wolfgang Frantz. Henné’s name appears on the upper cover (Ma[gister] Joan[nes] Henneus Noviodunem Collegii Forteti Procurator Lutetiae) and Frantz’s, with the date of the gift, on the lower cover (Gratissi[mo] suo amico. Wolfgango. Franctz, Alemano, Hospitalis. Tessere ergo D[ono] D[edit] Lutetiae Calen[dis] Julii 1568).
On an endpaper opposite the title-page, Jean Henné painted his coat of arms and wrote a dedication, “Singulari prudentia et integritate doctissimo viro domino Wolfgango Franchio fidelissimo amico, sempiterneque gratitudinis et observantia ergo, hed insignia adpingi curabat Joannes Henneus Noviodunensis, procurator collegii Forteti Lutetie calendis Julii 1568 J. Henne.” In 1564, Henné had painted identical arms in the album amicorum of the student Hans Jakob von Staal (1540–1615). Wolfgang Frantz also inscribed the Von Stahl’s album, supplying on 15 June 1567 a drawing of his own arms (per fess, three acorns and a fish) (see Kully & Rindlisbacher, Der Liber Amicorum des Hans Jakob vom Staal [Solothurn, 1998], nos. 191 [Frantz], 595 [Henné]).
Many contributors to Von Stahl’s album were citizens of Solothurn, among them Hans Ulrich von Sury (d. 1586), son of Urs von Sury, Schultheiß of Solothurn. When Von Sury started his own album, in 1567 at Paris, he obtained entries from Frantz and from twenty-two other contributors to the Von Stahl album. So, it appears that Wolfgang Frantz belonged to a social network of Swiss students in Paris, and was likely the son or brother of the Benedictus Frantz from Solothurn, Procurator in 1556 of the Natio Germanica in Paris. He perhaps is to be identified with the “Wolffgangus Frantz e Kiemsee,” who matriculated in 1557 at Ingolstadt. The same or another Wolfgang Frantz became Canon of St Moritz in Augsburg in 1573 and Propst in 1585, bequeathing “seine bedeutende Bibliothek” to the Stift in 1587, where it was installed in a special room.
The procurator Jean Henné presented to Christophe Mantel in July 1568 a similar volume, its binding decorated using the same tools, with the same lettering on the covers (except for the substitution of Mantel’s name). Mantel may also have belonged to the Swiss clique, perhaps the “Christophorus Mantelius Tyrolensis laicus” who matriculated at Freiburg im Breisgau on 9 February 1569. No inscription from Henné to Mantel, or painted armorial of Henné’s arms, survives in that book, which was last traced to the Wittock collection:
Jean Talpin, La Police chrestienne (Paris: Nicolas Chesneau, 1568), bound with: Jean Talpin, Institution d’un Prince chrestien (Paris: Nicolas Chesneau, 1567). provenance: Librairie Damascène Morgand, Paris (Bulletin mensuel, No. 21, novembre 1887, item 13769) — Anne Porgès (née Rosa-Anna Wodianer; 1854–1937; Librairie Henri Leclerc, Paris, Les Livres de Madame J*** P***: Manuscrits, livres de provenance historique, livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle, livres anciens et modernes [1906], no. 140 & Pl. 22) — Philippe Couturier, Jean-Paul Couturier, Raymond de Nicolay & Jacqueline Vidal-Mégret, Paris, Livres anciens, romantiques et modernes, belles reliures, 6 May 1981, lot 74, purchased by — unidentified owner (FF 18,500) — Michel Wittock (1936–2020; Cinq siècles d'ornements dans le décor extérieur du livre [Brussels, 1983], no. 40; Christie’s, Paris, Collection Michel Wittock, Troisième partie: Reliures françaises de la Renaissance, 7 October 2005, lot 48 (unsold); Alde, Paris, Collection Michel Wittock, Septième partie, 14 November 2017, lot 18.
In his description of the Talpin, Paul Culot localizes the binding to Paris, adducing several bindings decorated by the same or comparable tools. A document of 1571 published by Philippe Renouard—“Liste des habitants taxés au don de 300000 livres, rue des Sept-Voyes au-dessous du Collège de Fortet”—names four binding shops in the immediate vicinity (Documents sur les imprimeurs, libraires … exercé a Paris de 1450 a 1600 [Paris, 1901], p. 201).
8vo (170 x 105 mm). Roman type, 27 lines plus headline. collation: ãã8 *4 A–Z8 Aa–Zz8 Aaa–Bbb8 Ccc4: 400 leaves. L’Huillier's woodcut device on title-page, historiated and floriated woodcut initials, woodcut and typographic headpieces. (Short tear to inner margin of title-page.)
binding: Parisian tan calf (176 x 115 mm), dated 1568, richly gilt- and silver-tooled, 3 gilt fillets around sides, surrounding a décor of large corner-pieces, feuillage, in center an oval cartouche containing a presentation inscription in gilt letters, from Jean Henné, Procurator of the Collège de Fortet, to the German student Wolfgang Frantz: “Ma | Joan. Henneus | noviodunem | collegii. Forteti | procurator | Lutetiae.” (on upper cover) and “Gratissi. suo | amico. Wolfgan | go. Franctz. | Alemano. Hospi | talis. Tessere. | ergo. D.D. Lute | tiae Calen. | Julii. 1568.” (on lower cover); edges gilt and gauffered to an arabesque design, painted red. (Joints cracked and repaired.) Brown morocco folding-case gilt by Laurenchet. 
provenance: Jean Henné, Collège de Fortet, Paris (supralibros inscription, presentation inscription, incorporating his arms, on front binder's blank), giving the book to — Wolfgang Frantz — St Mauritius, Benedictine abbey (Niederalteich, Bavaria) (armorial exlibris [Warnecke 1458; Leiningen-Westerburg 39]) — Maggs Bros., London (Catalogue 397, [1920], item 185 and Pl. 18, £85) — Binoche et Giquillo & Dominique Courvoisier, Paris, 14 February 2018, lot 13 (€12,532). acquisition: Purchased at Binoche et Giquillo via Librairie Clavreuil.  
references: FB 24594; USTC 1487; for the binding, see G. D. Hobson, Les Reliures à la fanfare: le problème de l’S fermé (Amsterdam, 1970), p. 65; A. Hobson & Culot, Italian and French 16th-Century Bookbindings (Brussels, 1991), pp. 140–141.

Auction archive: Lot number 46
Auction:
Datum:
11 Oct 2023
Auction house:
Sotheby's
34-35 New Bond St.
London, W1A 2AA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7293 5000
+44 (0)20 7293 5989
Beschreibung:

Guitot, Jean. Les meditations des zelatevrs de piete, recveillies de plusieurs & diuers liures des sainctes & anciens Peres. Auec autres Meditations prinses en la librairie sainct Victor lez Paris. Le tout mis en François par Iehan Guytot Niuernois, Secretaire de Monseigneur le Duc de Lorraine. Paris: Pierre L’Huillier, 1568
A friendship binding, presented in July 1568 by Jean Henné (Hennaeus), Procurator of the Collège de Fortet in Paris, to the German student Wolfgang Frantz. Henné’s name appears on the upper cover (Ma[gister] Joan[nes] Henneus Noviodunem Collegii Forteti Procurator Lutetiae) and Frantz’s, with the date of the gift, on the lower cover (Gratissi[mo] suo amico. Wolfgango. Franctz, Alemano, Hospitalis. Tessere ergo D[ono] D[edit] Lutetiae Calen[dis] Julii 1568).
On an endpaper opposite the title-page, Jean Henné painted his coat of arms and wrote a dedication, “Singulari prudentia et integritate doctissimo viro domino Wolfgango Franchio fidelissimo amico, sempiterneque gratitudinis et observantia ergo, hed insignia adpingi curabat Joannes Henneus Noviodunensis, procurator collegii Forteti Lutetie calendis Julii 1568 J. Henne.” In 1564, Henné had painted identical arms in the album amicorum of the student Hans Jakob von Staal (1540–1615). Wolfgang Frantz also inscribed the Von Stahl’s album, supplying on 15 June 1567 a drawing of his own arms (per fess, three acorns and a fish) (see Kully & Rindlisbacher, Der Liber Amicorum des Hans Jakob vom Staal [Solothurn, 1998], nos. 191 [Frantz], 595 [Henné]).
Many contributors to Von Stahl’s album were citizens of Solothurn, among them Hans Ulrich von Sury (d. 1586), son of Urs von Sury, Schultheiß of Solothurn. When Von Sury started his own album, in 1567 at Paris, he obtained entries from Frantz and from twenty-two other contributors to the Von Stahl album. So, it appears that Wolfgang Frantz belonged to a social network of Swiss students in Paris, and was likely the son or brother of the Benedictus Frantz from Solothurn, Procurator in 1556 of the Natio Germanica in Paris. He perhaps is to be identified with the “Wolffgangus Frantz e Kiemsee,” who matriculated in 1557 at Ingolstadt. The same or another Wolfgang Frantz became Canon of St Moritz in Augsburg in 1573 and Propst in 1585, bequeathing “seine bedeutende Bibliothek” to the Stift in 1587, where it was installed in a special room.
The procurator Jean Henné presented to Christophe Mantel in July 1568 a similar volume, its binding decorated using the same tools, with the same lettering on the covers (except for the substitution of Mantel’s name). Mantel may also have belonged to the Swiss clique, perhaps the “Christophorus Mantelius Tyrolensis laicus” who matriculated at Freiburg im Breisgau on 9 February 1569. No inscription from Henné to Mantel, or painted armorial of Henné’s arms, survives in that book, which was last traced to the Wittock collection:
Jean Talpin, La Police chrestienne (Paris: Nicolas Chesneau, 1568), bound with: Jean Talpin, Institution d’un Prince chrestien (Paris: Nicolas Chesneau, 1567). provenance: Librairie Damascène Morgand, Paris (Bulletin mensuel, No. 21, novembre 1887, item 13769) — Anne Porgès (née Rosa-Anna Wodianer; 1854–1937; Librairie Henri Leclerc, Paris, Les Livres de Madame J*** P***: Manuscrits, livres de provenance historique, livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle, livres anciens et modernes [1906], no. 140 & Pl. 22) — Philippe Couturier, Jean-Paul Couturier, Raymond de Nicolay & Jacqueline Vidal-Mégret, Paris, Livres anciens, romantiques et modernes, belles reliures, 6 May 1981, lot 74, purchased by — unidentified owner (FF 18,500) — Michel Wittock (1936–2020; Cinq siècles d'ornements dans le décor extérieur du livre [Brussels, 1983], no. 40; Christie’s, Paris, Collection Michel Wittock, Troisième partie: Reliures françaises de la Renaissance, 7 October 2005, lot 48 (unsold); Alde, Paris, Collection Michel Wittock, Septième partie, 14 November 2017, lot 18.
In his description of the Talpin, Paul Culot localizes the binding to Paris, adducing several bindings decorated by the same or comparable tools. A document of 1571 published by Philippe Renouard—“Liste des habitants taxés au don de 300000 livres, rue des Sept-Voyes au-dessous du Collège de Fortet”—names four binding shops in the immediate vicinity (Documents sur les imprimeurs, libraires … exercé a Paris de 1450 a 1600 [Paris, 1901], p. 201).
8vo (170 x 105 mm). Roman type, 27 lines plus headline. collation: ãã8 *4 A–Z8 Aa–Zz8 Aaa–Bbb8 Ccc4: 400 leaves. L’Huillier's woodcut device on title-page, historiated and floriated woodcut initials, woodcut and typographic headpieces. (Short tear to inner margin of title-page.)
binding: Parisian tan calf (176 x 115 mm), dated 1568, richly gilt- and silver-tooled, 3 gilt fillets around sides, surrounding a décor of large corner-pieces, feuillage, in center an oval cartouche containing a presentation inscription in gilt letters, from Jean Henné, Procurator of the Collège de Fortet, to the German student Wolfgang Frantz: “Ma | Joan. Henneus | noviodunem | collegii. Forteti | procurator | Lutetiae.” (on upper cover) and “Gratissi. suo | amico. Wolfgan | go. Franctz. | Alemano. Hospi | talis. Tessere. | ergo. D.D. Lute | tiae Calen. | Julii. 1568.” (on lower cover); edges gilt and gauffered to an arabesque design, painted red. (Joints cracked and repaired.) Brown morocco folding-case gilt by Laurenchet. 
provenance: Jean Henné, Collège de Fortet, Paris (supralibros inscription, presentation inscription, incorporating his arms, on front binder's blank), giving the book to — Wolfgang Frantz — St Mauritius, Benedictine abbey (Niederalteich, Bavaria) (armorial exlibris [Warnecke 1458; Leiningen-Westerburg 39]) — Maggs Bros., London (Catalogue 397, [1920], item 185 and Pl. 18, £85) — Binoche et Giquillo & Dominique Courvoisier, Paris, 14 February 2018, lot 13 (€12,532). acquisition: Purchased at Binoche et Giquillo via Librairie Clavreuil.  
references: FB 24594; USTC 1487; for the binding, see G. D. Hobson, Les Reliures à la fanfare: le problème de l’S fermé (Amsterdam, 1970), p. 65; A. Hobson & Culot, Italian and French 16th-Century Bookbindings (Brussels, 1991), pp. 140–141.

Auction archive: Lot number 46
Auction:
Datum:
11 Oct 2023
Auction house:
Sotheby's
34-35 New Bond St.
London, W1A 2AA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7293 5000
+44 (0)20 7293 5989
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