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Un brief et vray recit de la prinse de Terouane et Hedin, avec la bataille faitte à Renti, 1555
(471 words)

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Voet reference number


Museum Plantin-Moretus


Jacques Basilic MARCHET

Title page transcription

VN BRIEF ET ‖ VRAY RECIT DE LA PRINSE ‖ de Terouane & Hedin, auec la Bataille fait- ‖ te à Renti: & de tous les actes memora- ‖ bles, faits depuis deus ans en ça, ‖ entre les gens de l'Empereur ‖ & les François. ‖ Par Iaques Basilic Marchet, Signeur de Samos. ‖ Traduit de Latin en François. ‖ ⊕ 2 ‖ EN ANVERS. ‖ De l'Imprimerie de Christofle Plantin, ‖ pres la Bourse neuue. ‖ 1555. ‖ Auec priuilege.


? [110]: A-D⁴; pages [1-32]


Number of sheets


[1]: Title
[2]: Blank
[3-6]: Au tres-puissant roy Philippe, roy d'Angleterre…, prince d'Espaigne, etc. Iaques Basilic Marchet
[7-8]: L'imprimeur au lecteur (Antwerp, 27 June 1555; italic type)
[9-31]: Text (parts in italic type)
[32]: Blank

Edition information


Bibliothèque nationale de France
- Res. Oi 67

Bibliographical references

Not in Reulens-de Backer
Text reproduced in 1872 in a publication of the 'Société des bibliophiles belges', with an introduction from M. Alvin. Text of Plantin's French edition and Bellerus's Latin publication of 1555 reproduced by L. Techener, Paris, 1874, with an introduction of F. le Sergeant de Monnecove; the introduction of Alvin for the Brussels 1872-publication has also been retaken. Cf. also E. Legrand, Bibliographie hellénique des XVe et XVIe siècles, IV, Paris, 1964 (reprint), pages 51-53

Online bibliographical references

Note 1

Narrative of the taking by the army of Charles V of the French cities Thérouanne (20 June 1553) and Hesdin (18 July 1553), and of the victory of the imperial army at the battle of Renty, 13 August 1554.

Note 2

As specified on the title-page this French exposition was translated from a Latin original. Plantin's Antwerp colleague, Joannes Bellerus, published in 1555 the Latin text (a copy in KBR Royal Library of Belgium). It is not clear if the translation, either by Plantin himself or by a translator he commissioned, has been made from Bellerus's publication or from a manuscript Plantin was able to obtain.

Note 3

The note of the printer to the reader does not give details about the work or its genesis, but it is interesting for French linguistics as Plantin tries to explain the for that time somewhat revolutionary and in any case simplified orthography of the French language he uses in his translation.

Note 4

25 copies of 'Terouanne' were forwarded to the Antwerp bookseller Guillaume Symon on 22 July 1555 (Arch. 38, folio 7v), and another 25 copies, worth 6 stuivers, to Martin Nutz (Nutius) on 9 August 1555 (Arch. 38, folio 4v).

Note 5

Not listed in M 296 or M 164.

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“Un brief et vray recit de la prinse de Terouane et Hedin, avec la bataille faitte à Renti, 1555”, in: The Plantin Press Online. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2024

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