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BERIGAL, P. L'Illustre Jacquemart...

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BERIGAL, P. L'Illustre Jacquemart de Dijon : Détails historiques, instructifs et amusants sur ce haut personnage, domicilié en plein air dans cette ville depuis 1382, published with his permission in 1832, Dijon 1832. In-8°, half leather, pp. xvi + 91 with lithographed f/pice of the Jacquemart family.
Limited edition of 250 copies of a burlesque work '[presented] in an almost regular disorder' according to the 'Epitre nullement dédicatoire'. Nevertheless, the work is full of historical details and popular anecdotes about the famous Dijon automatons. The work ends with what is probably the first publication in the context of clock-making of Froissart's poem, l'Horloge amoureuse.

P. Bérigal is the pseudonym of Etienne Gabriel Peignot (1767-1849), pedagogue, librarian and bibliographer. Peignot was the most learned bibliographer of this century. His erudition was immense': 'an easy and pure writer, he constantly interests his reader, amusing him by interesting details...'. Pierre Larousse, Grand Dictionnaire universel du XIXe siècle..., 1874, xii, 501.

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