Le Tiers Livre

Rabelais published the first edition of Le Tiers Livre des Faicts et Dicts Heroïques du bon Pantagruel in 1546. He issued a modified version in 1552, which is the basis for this website.

Tiers Livre 1552 title page

Tiers Livre
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.

L’Avthevr svsdict
ſupplie les Lecteurs beneuoles, ſoy
reſeruer a rire au ſoixante
& dixhuytieſme

A Paris,
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.


On-line editions available at:

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.

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