Blandt talende statuer og manende genfærd: Mazarinader i Det Kongelige Biblioteks samlinger

Translated title of the contribution: Amongst speaking statues and admonishing ghosts: Mazarinades in the collections of The Royal Library.

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    The term Mazarinades is an umbrella term covering political pamphlets published in France during (and related to) La Fronde 1648-1653, the civil wars, which broke out when Louis XIV (born in (1638) was a child, and Mazarin, who was responsible for the education of the young king, was governing as a prime minister together with Queen Anne of Austria. The term covers pamphlets, letters, official documents, burlesque poetry, sonnets and ballads, discourses and dialogues.
    The Royal Library in Copenhagen holds a collection of Mazarinades. The Copenhagen collection has been overlooked by scholars and also by Hubert Carrier – who travelled widely – because it had not been catalogued in a visible way: The collection of Mazarinades in the Royal Library, Copenhagen, has now been catalogued by the author of the article, and the catalogue made available online on Fund og Forskning online. The present article serves as an introduction to this hitherto unknown collection of Mazarinades. After a presentation of The Fronde, and of the term mazarinades and its denotation, the article lists the rare and unique mazarinades in the collections of The Royal Library, Copenhagen and, if possible, traces the provenance.
    The collection consists of 33 volumes of mazarinades from the collections which have been put together in the 19th century in order to form a single collection: Collection de mazarinades. Apart from this Collection de mazarinades there are other mazarinades in the holdings, stemming both from The Royal Library and from The University Library. The 33 volumes – of which one has been missing for years – have been grouped together by various subsets of mazarinades. One of these subsets is a collection of mazarinades created by Pierre Camuset, a contemporary of The Fronde. Camuset introduces himself as”conseiller du roi, eslu en l'election de Paris”. Archival sources show that he was appointed to this position December 9, 1622, that he got married in 1641 to Agnès, daughter of Jean Le Noir, lawyer to the Parliament of Parisian, and that he was dead by 1663.
    In the Collection de Mazarinades there are approx. 100 mazarinades which were considered rare or rarissime by Célestin Moreau in his Bibliographie des mazarinades (1850-1851). There are three mazarinades, which would seem to be unique; three mazarinades, which are not recorded in the existing bibliographies of mazarinades (made by D’Artois and Carrier, in the Bibliothèque Mazarine) but of which there are copies in other libraries. There is a mazarinade printed by Samuel Brown in The Hague, which has not been recorded elsewhere, and another mazarinade in an unknown edition printed by Jean-Aimé Candy in Lyon. Finally there are 11 mazarinades printed by Jean-Aimé Candy in Lyon, of which only three, judging from existing catalogues and bibliographies, seem to exist in other libraries.
    Only few of the mazarinades were imported to Denmark in the time of the Fronde, even though some of them were. Most of them were collected by Danish 18th c. collectors. Surprisingly, only a little part stems from the incredibly rich library of Count Otto Thott (1703-1785). At the auction selling Thott’s library, his Mazarinades were bought by Herman Treschow (1739-1797) who acted as a commission agent for numerous book collectors, and due to the detailed cataloguing in Thott’s auction catalogue, it would probably be possible to find the volumes from his library in a foreign library.
    Both Hans Gram (1685-1748) and Bolle Willum Luxdorph (1716-1788) owned copies of Gabriel Naudes Mascurat in which they wrote handwritten notes. Luxdorph was the great collector of Danish press freedom writings. In his marginal notes he compares a passage in Naudé’s text about common people appropriating the art of printing with his own experience of a servant who came up with songs that were "assez mechants" during the fall of Struensee on 17 january 1772: “Mon valet faisait aussi d’asséz méchans vers su aujet de la revolution du 17de janvier 1772”. Luxdorph’s reading of Mascurat is thus in close connection with his interest in press freedom writings.
    The Mazarinades are valuable both for studies in history, literary history and history of the book. More specifically, the collection of Mazarinades in the Royal Library, on the one hand, through the example of Pierre Camuset, shows how an individual tried to get a grasp of an abnormal period, and on the other hand, through the example of Luxdoph, very clearly testifies to the 18th c. interest in the history of the book and in historical periods with de facto freedom of the press.
    Translated title of the contributionAmongst speaking statues and admonishing ghosts: Mazarinades in the collections of The Royal Library.
    Original languageDanish
    JournalDenmark. Kongelige Bibliotek. Fund og Forskning
    Pages (from-to)57-111
    Number of pages55
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


    • Mazarin, Louis XIV, mazarinades, Fronde, 1648-1653, The Royal Library, Copenhagen

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