Rabelais published the first edition of Le Tiers Livre des Faicts et Dicts Heroïques du bon Pantagruel in 1546. It was prefaced with a notice that François I, king of France, granted to his friend Rabelais a six year privilege of being the sole publisher and seller of his works, “no less useful than delectable.”
Rabelais issued an edited version in 1552. François having died in 1547, his son Henry II extended the privilege in the same friendly terms to ten years.
The 1552 version is the basis for the text on this website.
des Faicts et Dicts
Heroïques du bon Pantagruel:
Composé par M. Fran.
Rabelais docteur en Medi-
Reueu, & corrigé par l’Autheur,ſus
la cenſure antique.
ſupplie les Lecteurs beneuoles, ſoy
reſeruer a rire au ſoixante
De l’imprimerie de Michel Fezandat, au mont
S. Hilaire, a l’hoſtel d’Albret.
Auec priuilege du Roy.
The Third Book
of the Heroic Deeds and Sayings
of the Good Pantagruel:
Composed by Master François Rabelais,
doctor in medicine.
Revised and corrected by the Author,
under the ancient censure.
The aforesaid Author supplicates his
benevolent readers, to reserve from laughing
until the seventy-eighth book.
At Paris, from the imprint of Michel Fezandat,
at Mont S. Hilaire, at the hotel of Albret.
With privilege of the King.
Editions available at:
- Les Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes — transcription of 1546 edition
- Gallica — facsimile of 1552 edition
- Les Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes — transcription of 1552 edition
The final four chapters of The Third Book (1552) treat of the herb Pantagruelion:
- Chapter 49 How Pantagruel made his preparations for taking to sea. And of the herb called Pantagruelion.
- Chapter 50 How the celebrated Pantagruelion should be prepared and put to use.
- Chapter 51 Why it is called Pantagruelion, and the admirable virtues thereof.
- Chapter 52 How a certain kind of Pantagruelion cannot be consumed by fire.