Published in Paris by Benoist Preuost in 1560, this copy bears the signature on the title page of Thomas Smith, Queen Elizabeth's ambassador to France. The inside front cover bears the notation "Ham Court.". Norma Levarie identifies the title page of this edition of the Heptameron as "one of the most fortunate examples of the workings of a lusher fantasy" in the design of title pages in the French Renaissance (The Art and History of Books, p. 196).



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