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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


Brant, Sebastian (1457–1521), Narrenschiff. Basel: 1494. p. 575. SLUB

le noble art d’Imprimerie

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

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

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.”

Rawles, Stephen, “What did Rabelais really know about printing and publishing?.” In Smith, Paul J., Editer et traduire Rabelais à travers les âges. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997. Google Books



Posted 10 February 2013. Modified 4 July 2017.

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