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Rare and best edition of Scarron's Oeuvres, published in Amsterdam, with 7 engraved frontispieces including a striking portrait of the author, the most important proponent of the burlesque genre in 17th-century France.


Despite being crippled by a degenerative disease and hampered by chronic pain, Scarron (1610-1660) enjoyed two decades of prolific literary output, producing plays, burlesque verses, satires and a novel, Le roman comique, for which he is perhaps best remembered today.


During the Fronde he took side against Mazarin, writing a fierce burlesque on the cardinal, La Mazarinade, which gave its name to the genre. Renowned for his narrative virtuosity, his work remained a source of inspiration until well into the 19th century, influencing such authors as Diderot and Stendhal.


In the afterword to his translation of Le roman comique Jacques Houis mentions a medal that was struck in honour of Scarron after his death, aptly carrying the motto "I conquered pain through laughter and playfulness".


This set comes from the library of F.L. Fred. Chavannes (1803-1893), a pastor of the Wallonian Church in Amsterdam. In an annotation on a blank of the first volume he rightly identifies the editor, who signed the preface with the pseudonym “Eutrapelophile”, as Antoine-Augustin Bruzen de la Martiniere (1683-1746).

Wetstein also published an edition in 10 volumes in 1737. According to Magne, however, the present edition is to be preferred: "La meilleure et la complète des éditions anciennes de ce poète burlesques. Elle a toujours été préférée à celle qui la précède et publiée chez la meme éditeur mais en 10 volumes, en 1737."

"I conquered pain through laughter and playfulness". Scarron in 7 volumes

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  • Paul Scarron.

    Oeuvres de Monsieur Scarron. Nouvelle édition. Revue, corrigée, & augmentée de l'Histoire de sa Vie & de ses Ouvrages, d'un Discours sur le Style Burlesque, & de quantité de Piéces omises dans les Editions précédentes.

    Amsterdam, Jacobus Wetstein, 1752.

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