For this bilingual (English-French) anthology of early modern fictitious catalogues, selections were made from a multitude of texts, from the genre’s beginnings (Rabelais’s satirical catalogue of the Library of St.-Victor (1532)) to its French and Dutch specimens from around 1700. In thirteen chapters, written by specialists in the field, diverse texts containing fictitious booklists are presented and contextualized. Several of these texts are well known (by authors such as Fischart, Doni, and Le Noble), others – undeservedly – are less known, or even unrecorded. The anthology is preceded by a literary historical and theoretical introduction addressing the parodic and satirical aspects of the genre, and its relationship to other genres: theatre, novel, and pamphlet.
Contributors: Helwi Blom, Tobias Bulang, Raphaël Cappellen, Ronnie Ferguson, Dirk Geirnaert, Jelle Koopmans, Marijke Meijer Drees, Claudine Nédelec, Patrizia Pellizzari, Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou, Paul J. Smith, and Dirk Werle.
Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou is Professor of French language of the sixteenth century at Sorbonne University. She is the author of numerous publications on sixteenth-century poetry and Rabelais. Her publications include
Panurge comme lard en pois. Paradoxe, scandale et propriété dans le Tiers Livre (2013).
Paul J. Smith is Professor of French Literature at Leiden University. He has published monographs, collective volumes and many articles on French Literature, including the co-edited volume
Natural History in Early Modern France (2018).
Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Notes on the Editors Notes on the Contributors
Imaginary Booklists – History and Typology: an Introduction Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou and Paul J. Smith
La Librairie de Saint-Victor et l’amplification créatrice Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou
La farce d’un Vendeur de livres Jelle Koopmans
Anton Francesco Doni et les bibliothèques imaginaires en Italie Patrizia Pellizzari
A Gift for Hanno: the Fictitious Booklist of Eduard de Dene Dirk Geirnaert
Henricus Geldorpius, Dialogus epithalamicus (ca. 1560) : introduction, édition, traduction Paul J. Smith et Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou
Possible Discourses and the Unfolding of the Implicit: Some Remarks on Johann Fischart’s Catalogus Catalogorum (1590) Tobias Bulang
La bibliothèque imaginaire, genre satirique et polémique en des temps troublés (1587-1615) Raphaël Cappellen
Trois “catalogues de Saint-Victor” au XVIIe siècle Claudine Nédelec
Sir Thomas Urquhart’s Translation (1653) of Rabelais’s Imaginary Library of St. Victor (1542) Ronnie Ferguson
Labbé’s Examples: Bibliothecae fictae in the Early Modern Classification of Scholarship (Catalogus librorum mystico-politicorum, Bibliotheca Gallo-Suecica) Dirk Werle
Pamphlets with Satirical Book Catalogues: the Art of Political Blaming in 1672 Marijke Meijer Drees
Le Colporteur de Proserpine : un catalogue satirique dans Les Promenades d’Eustache Le Noble Helwi Blom
Wieringa – Doedijns – Anna Folie – Van Lennep: Dutch Versions of Rabelais’s Library of Saint-Victor Paul J. Smith and Dirk Geirnaert
Index of Existing and Imaginary Authors, Printers, and Dedicatees, Mentioned in the Anthologized Fictitious Booklists
All interested in early modern European literature (esp. French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, and Neolatin), book history and bibliography, and authors such as Rabelais and Fischart. Keywords: fictitious booklists, bibliothèques imaginaires, libraries, Rabelais, Fischart, book history, bibliography.