[Jean II Le Meingre]Joannes Boucicault Polemarchus Sub Carolo 5.o et Carolo 6.o [...]
Engraving with accompanying letterpress sheet, each 470 x 350mm (18½ x 13¾") very large margins. Some foxing.
Jean II Le Meingre (1366-1421), knight and marshal of France. Beginning in 1384, Jean spent some twenty years travelling in Europe and Asia and fighting in numerous campaigns against pagans, Moors and the Ottoman Empire. He combined undoubted military prowess (defeating the most famous English soldiers at the tournament of Saint-Inglevert) with literary talents, assisting in the 'Livre des Cent Ballades' which set out the knight's code of chivalry. From 'Les Portraits des Hommes Illustres Francois qui sont Peints dans la Galerie du Palais Cardinal de Richelieu' (1660). The book reproduces the portraits of great men hanging in Richelieu's 'Galerie des hommes illustres' by Simon Vouet and Philippe de Champaigne (although only four of the original paintings survive). The final 'illustrious figure' was Richelieu himself.
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