First edition of this landmark in modern pedagogy, the first printed book in the West to include illustrations to aid in the education of its audience of young readers.
Very good plus.
"In a world where readership was acquiring a new dimension thanks to the printing press, extending the public for a given text was a matter for discovery and experiment." – Hélène Cazes
DE RE NAVALI represents the beginning of the modernization of pedagogy. Charles Estienne distinguishes this work from those of his contemporaries by including "picturarum expressionem." These illustrations were glossed in a simple manner to facilitate learning, in this case, about naval science and technology. Estienne's publishing approach reflected his educational philosophy that different readers needed books to be prepared in different ways: to make works more accessible for children and beginners in Latin, he printed this title in simpler sentences, and even included a glossary. The choice to abridge Lazare de Baïf's 1536 DE RE NAVALI for "adolescentulis bonarum literarum studiosis" (adolescent students of letters) was not by chance: Estienne was a tutor to de Baïf's son Antoine, a role that seemed to influence his output of books for younger audiences. This copy's lovely utilitarian contemporary limp vellum binding suggests it was bound for practical student use. A major work in the history of education.
Read more: Hélène Cazes, "Translation as editorial mediation," Renaissance Studies vol. 29 no. 1; Antoine Augustin Renouard, Annales de l'imprimerie des Estienne, page 97 item 6; Ferdinand Buisson, Ouvrages pédagogiques au XVIe Siècle, page 51; Fred Schreiber, The Estiennes, page 132.
Parisiis [Paris]: Franciscum Stephanum, 1537. Full title: De re navali libellus in adolescentulorum bonarum literaru(m) studiosoru(m) favore(m) ex Bayfii vigiliis excerptus. Octavo, 6'' x 4''. Contemporary limp vellum. Woodcut printer's device to title page, eight in-text woodcut illustrations. 92,  pages, collated complete. Contemporary scribbled-out name in ink to title page. Binding with mild cockling and a few small spots of soil, uniformly toned; fore-edge ties perished. Leaves uniformly lightly toned with occasional tiny spots of soil; lacks front flyleaf. A wonderful survival.
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