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'Oeuvres diverses de Poesies du Sieur N.C.M.' [Nicolas de Chalenay de Malézieu]

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MS. 12242
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The original foliation has been used.The volume has (fol. iii) a title plate engraved by 'Du Vivier', possibly Jean Duvivier (1687-1761), designer, printmaker and official medallist to King Louis XV of France. The only date in the manuscript, 1703, appears on the title page (fol. 1) of 'Philadelphe Tragedie'. Duvier was apparently active from c. 1710. The works, which appear to be unpublished, comprise:

  1. (fols.1–18v) ‘Philadelphe Tragedie. La scene est à Memphis en Egypte, dans la Place du Palais. 1703.’ Unpublished play in two acts, unfinished because ‘lautheur s’est apperçû que le dessein et le sujet étoient les mêmes, que ceux de la tragedie de Bajaret de Monsieur Racine.’
  2. (fols. 19r–23r) Series of elegies
  3. (fols. 23v–26r) ‘Histoire en vers libres’. Verse, beginning ‘Je lisois l’autre jour l‘histoire de Silvie…’
  4. (fols. 28r–29v) ‘Fable du Renard et de la Cigogne’. Verse, beginning ‘Il ne faut point Duper, de peur d’etre dupé …’
  5. (fols. 26v–28r) ‘Satire en vers libres’. Verse, beginning ‘Le Silence, mon cher ami, Raucourt …’
  6. (fols. 29v–31r) Series of acrostic sonnets spelling ‘Louis’ (f. 29v), ‘Jeanne Dhangest’ (f. 30r), ‘Caterine Jousse’ (f. 30v), and ‘Louis Ecarillon’ (f. 31r).
  7. (fols. 31v–33r) Series of sonnets
  8. (fols. 33v–37r) Series of rondeaux
  9. (fol. 37v) Sonnet ‘Declaration d’amour, Par un amant à une demoiselle qu’il appelloit sa soeur’
  10. (fols. 38r–49r) Series of epitaphs and epigrams, some in Latin with French translations
  11. (fols. 50r–62v) ‘Maximes chrétiennes’ in Latin with French translations
  12. (fols. 63r–78v) 'Pensées Chrétiennes' and (fols. 78r-84v) maxims attributed to various saints: (fols. 63r–66v) St Antoine, (fols. 66v–68r) Saint Pacome, (fols. 68r–69v) Saint Jerosme, (fols. 70r–71v) Saint Augustin, (fols. 72r–73r) Saint Benoist, (fols. 73v–74v) Sainte Scholastique Soeur de Saint Benoist, (fols. 75r–76v) Saint Odo, (fols. 76v–78r) Saint Romuald, (fols. 78r–79v) Maximes de St Estienne de Tiers, (fols. 80r–81r) Affections de St Bruno, (fols. 81r–84r) Maximes de Saint Robert patriarche de l’ordre de Cisteaux, (fols. 84r–84v) Maximes de St Guillaume Duc d’Aquitaine


  • Creation: c 1703-c 1725


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • French

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MS. 12242

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CMD ID 12242


'Oeuvres diverses de Poesies du Sieur N.C.M.' [Nicolas de Chalenay de Malézieu], 1703

Biographical / Historical

Nicolas de Malézieu (1650–1727) was a minor literary figure. He was chancellor of Dombes, secretary-general to the Suisses et Grisons de France (Swiss Guard regiment). He was the tutor to Louis Auguste de Bourbon, Duc de Maine, and Master of Ceremonies at Sceaux. He was a member of Louise-Bénédicte de Bourbon's parodic order of chivalry, the Ordre de la Mouche à miel at the Chateau of Sceaux. Malézieu was Chancellor of Dombes. He was elected to the Académie Française in 1701.

Custodial History

The bookplate of the collector Frédéric Lachèvre (1855-1943) is pasted inside the front cover (see the loose leaf from an auction of his library on 8-10 October 1957 in Versailles, tucked inside front cover).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Justin Croft Antiquarian Books, Catalogue 9, Item 63, October 2016.

Physical Facet

Bound in mottled calf with gold-tooled spine and label with title 'Recuei[l] de Poesie', sprinkled red-edged leaves.

Finding aid prepared by Hanna Paasivirta and Mike Webb
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