London: William Heinemann Ltd., . Item #05124
Francis the First - King of France - Extra-Illustrated
A Fine Bayntun (Rivière) Cosway-Style Binding
[COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE, binders. HACKETT, Francis. Francis the First. London: William Heinemann Ltd., .
Extra-illustrated by the insertion of fifteen additional engraved plates, five of which are hand-colored.
First edition. Octavo (8 5/16 x 5 1/4 inches; 212 x 133 mm.). [x], -479, [1, blank] pp. Sixteeen photogravure plates.
Bound by Bayntun (Rivière) Bath ca. 1948 (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in) in full wine red crushed levant morocco over beveled boards. Covers with elaborate floral design corner-pieces. Front cover with an oval border of gilt thistles and leaves and in the center a fine hand-painted portrait miniature (3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches; 83 x 63 mm.) of Annas de Montmorency set under glass. Spine with five raised bands elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Decorative gilt board-edges, wide gilt-ruled turn-ins, marbled liners and endleaves, all edges gilt. With the maroon morocco gilt bookplate of W. A. Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey on front paste-down. Housed in the original felt-lined tan cloth slipcase. An exceptionally fine example from one of the major English collections.
Francis I, King of France (1515?47), the son of Charles, Count of Angouleme, and Louise of Savoy, succeeded his first cousin once removed Loius XII, who died without a son. He was the first of five monarchs of the Angoulême branch of the House of Valois. A Renaissance patron of the arts and scholarship, a humanist, and a knightly king, he waged campaigns in Italy (1515?16) and fought a series of wars with the Holy Roman Empire (1521?44).
Annas, Duke of Montmorency, Honorary Knight of the Garter (1493-1567) was a French soldier, statesman and diplomat. He became Marshal of France and Constable of France and served five kings. When Francis the First acceded to the throne in January 1515, Montmorency became an influential member of his court. When the king reasserted the French claim to Milan the same year, Montmorency followed his king into Italy and distinguished himself at Marignano.