Title: Dictionnaire abbrege de la fable, 1727. 1st Edition
Author: Pierre Chompré; Pierre-Gilles Le Mercier
Publisher: A Paris, chez la veuve Foucault
An extremely scarce first edition of Chompre’s Abridged dictionary of fable: for the intelligence of poets, and knowledge of paintings and statues, whose subjects are taken from the fable.
In the 18th century, the topic of mythology was still an indisputable reference for classical culture and literature, and it was for this that Chompre published this work. While he did revere the ancient poets and writers, Chompre paradoxically possessed little regard for the fable itself. Indeed, from the preface itself, he states quite matter-of-fact: “Mythology is a tissue of bizarre imaginations, a confused mass of facts without chronology, without order, often even repeated under different names; finally, a collection of miserable tales, stripped of all semblance, and worthy of contempt”
The dictionary of mythology itself was a massive success, and was reprinted regularly until the mid 19th century, seeing several translations and later revisions.
Worldcat records only 10 existing copies in libraries.
One finely bound volume in 12mo, (8)+333+(3) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with wear and rubbing at the corners and spine, with cracking to the head and foot of the spine. There is light foxing and staining throughout. The first numbered leaf of the dictionary is lacking.