Præparatiun sün la S. Tschaina, que eis il drett moed da prouver se svessa, & da s’appinær per comparair avaunt la maisa da ‘l Sêgner. Cun bellas oratiuns... Da‘l Tudaisch, e da ‘l originæl Frances da ‘l Sigr. Carl Drelincurt. Translatò in Romaunsch træs Lurainz Wiezel D. da L

Autore: DRELINCOURT, Charles (1595-1669)

Tipografo: Joh. Jacob Genath

Dati tipografici: Basel, 1661

Formato: in dodicesimo

12mo (106x58 mm). [14], 211 [recte 201], [1] pp. Collation: A12 B6 C12 D6 E12 F6 G12 H6 I12 K6 L12 M6. At pp. 194-201 is the song Üna canzun spirituela (music score and lyrics). Contemporary gilt-tooled calf, gilt edges (rubbed and worn, gold faded). Owneship's entry on front flyleaf recto (repeated on the back pastedown): “Caterina Iuvalta in Zuot”. Furthermore, on the front flyleaf, by a different hand:: “Zuot l'An 1811 15 Aprile”. Some scattered staining and foxing, slighlty browned, all in all a very good, genuine copy from the library of Caterina Juvalta, a scion of the important Grisons family of the Juvalta, which gave birth among others to Fortunato Juvalta (Zuoz, 1567-1654), a Swiss general who wrote several books in Romansh (or Rhaeto-Romanic) and a history in Latin of his region Fortunati a Juvaltis Engadino-Rhaeti de fatis reipublica Rhaetorum cum ipsius vita annexis commentatio historica.

RARE FIRST EDITION IN ROMANSH of this devotional work on the Last Supper.

Charles Drelincourt was born in Sedan on 10 July 1595. His father Pierre, after having escaped from the persecution against the Protestants, had become Secretary of Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Duke of Bouillon. After the first studies on literature and theology at Sedan, Charles was sent to Saumur to attend a philosophy course. In 1618 he assumed the pastoral guide of the reformed church of Langres, without however obtaining the royal approval. In the spring of 1620 he moved to Paris where, succeeding Pierre Du Moulin, he was appointed by the consistory of the community as minister of the reformed church of Charenton, a position that he maintained until his death. In 1625 Charles married the daughter of a rich brewer of Paris, with whom he had sixteen children. He was the author of a vast number of theological and devotional works, but also of polemical writings against the Catholic church, which contributed to strengthening the Protestant party in France. Many of his works achieved considerable success and were translated into several languages.

The translation into Rhaeto-Romanic was completed by Lurainz Wietzel (1627-1670). A member of an influential family of Zuoz (his father Giorgino was a prominent politician), he studied law and became a lawyer. Little is known about his career, but his translations of the psalms of Geneva and of devotional texts into Romansh are particularly significant.

OCLC, 248882546.