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Wouldn’t perish the noble art of printing?

Original French:  Ne periroit le noble art d’Imprimerie?

Modern French:  Ne periroit le noble art d’Imprimerie?


The noble art of printing

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Sebastian Brant [1457–1521]
Narrenschiff
p. 575
Basel, 1494
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le noble art d’Imprimerie

On faisait la pâte à papier avec du lin; la pâte de bois est bien postérieure.

François Rabelais [ca. 1483–1553]
Le Tiers Livre
p. 575
Pierre Michel, editor
Paris: Gallimard, 1966

le noble art d’Imprimerie

That Rabelais calls printing a “noble art” is significant. No other occupation or profession merits the epithet “noble” except the cooks hidden inside the “truye” in chapter 40 of the Quart Livre, “comme dedans le cheval de Troye.”

Stephen Rawles
What did Rabelais really know about printing and publishing?

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Paul J. Smith
Editer et traduire Rabelais à travers les âges
Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997
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Posted 10 February 2013. Modified 1 February 2016.

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