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As a young man, de Ronsard had inherited a sizeable library from his uncle and continued to add books that in his poetry he refers to as his favourite companions and faithful friends, but his two wills make no mention of the library and its fate is unknown. A 1920s attempt to identify volumes from the library of this central figure of the French literary renaissance listed just ten books (one of them dubious) and even by 1985, the total had risen to only 15 in all – let alone signed.

During the 18th century, this volume belonged to a surgeon, Antoine Louis, and later was acquired by another poet, Pierre Louÿs.