Prosper Marchand (1759 ... posthumos)

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Prosper Marchand (1759 ... posthumos)

Postby Huck on 09 Jan 2016, 16:30

The man ...
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosper_Marchand
... "Prosper Marchand est un libraire français, né le 11 mars 1678 et mort le 14 juin 1756."

The relevant work ...
Dictionnaire historique, ou Mémoires critiques et littéraires concernant la vie et les ouvrages de divers personnages distingués, particulièrement dans la république des lettres, La Haye, 1758-1759, 2 tomes en 1 vol. in-folio6. Cet ouvrage fait suite aux Dictionnaires de Pierre Bayle et de Chaufepié. L'auteur le laissa en manuscrit ; mais il chargea Jean Nicolas Samuel Allamand, son ami et son exécuteur testamentaire, de le revoir et de le publier. Allamand, pour répondre à sa confiance, passa quatre années à mettre en ordre les notes de Marchand, écrites la plupart sur des chiffons de papier dans un ordre dispersé. On peut voir, dans, l'avertissement de l'éditeur, toutes les peines qu'il eut pour ranger ces notes et pour suppléer aux omissions de Marchand. Cet ouvrage contient beaucoup de faits intéressants et d'anecdotes curieuses ; mais, il y en a beaucoup aussi de minutieux ; le style en est faible et incorrect ; il y a des erreurs graves et de nombreuses fautes d'impression ; enfin, l'on peut reprocher à l'auteur l'emportement avec lequel il critique les abus de la religion romaine.

https://books.google.de/books/about/Dic ... edir_esc=y

The article "Murner" (for Thomas Murner, author of two playing card decks at begin 16th century), p. 92-100, is very long and very curious.

It starts with Murner himself, comes over Murner's playing cards to Menestrier and what Menestrier listed and then to general (personal arranged) lists of playing cards and games and also fortune telling items, things in very far distance to original theme "Murner". The whole looks "unfinished", more of a collection, that Marchand's heir Jean Nicolas Samuel Allamand presented out of the existing material as he had found it.
Nonetheless it's impressive. A lot of his objects were in the past discussed here with intensity. And there are some notes, which I don't know about. This makes the text interesting.
I didn't find the name Marchand in the local search engine, also not the name "Prosper Marchand" at AT. So that's a new name in our talkings.

He mentioned for instance a game "le labyrinth" ou "Jeu de poeme de l'Arioste", likely a sort of "game of the goose".
I was interested, but didn't find anything about it. He looks to me like "an overlooked author in matters of playing cards".
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