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XII Colloques ou dialogues escrits pour l’usage, et l’exercice en la langue francoyse, du M[onsieu]r George Frederic Comte de Solms

Call Number: MS B27


This collection is a single volume of dialogues to teach a German prince French and manners. It includes 12 dialogues in French, each with a French-German appendix (consisting of a Nomenclature [vocabulary], a Phraseologia, a list of proverbs, verses, etc.). Most dialogues reflect a young nobleman's daily life.


  • 1634 or 1635

Language of Materials

French, German, some Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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1 volume : Binding: Stiff vellum; yapp edge; broken green ties. 5 pairs tackets. Vellum index tabs. Foliation: paginated 2-587 in modern pencil, beginning with first paste-down. Script: French: clear semi-humanist. Ornamentation: None (red headings and red rules). Material: Paper. Binding Title: Dialogues et Dictionaire France du Mr: Georg Federic Comte de Solms. p.3: "George Federic Comte de Solms" in ink. ; Volume is no taller than 20 cm.

Scope and Contents

Title Transcription: XII Colloques ou Dialogues escrits pour l'usage, et l'exercice en la langue francoyse, Du M[onsieu]r George Federic Comte de [erasure, overwritten in pencil "Solms"] a qui, Dieu face la grace, de devinir sçavant et sage. 1634. Un bon commencement, est la moitie du tout. Dimidium facti, qui bene caepit habet. wol angefängen, ist halb wollendt A Weikersheim; In comitatu Hohenloico, [?]. post festum trium Regum, 7. Januarij, stylo veteri.

Also in the volume: Nomenclator Gallicus; Avium variarum nomina (Latin-German ornithological vocabulary).

Dating for the volume comes from the Title-page : 1634. The day after Epiphany [that is] January 7 O.S. [i.e. circa December 30, 1634. N. S.]

The author was presumably a tutor, in the "mirror of princes" tradition. May show some signs of being based on Latin dialogues; but the French is lifelike. The volume appears to have been written in Weikersheim (Germany).

In spine: 2 manuscript fragments (divinity?); 1 printed fragment about 16th-century historians.

Physical Location

MS B27

Custodial History

Bookplate of Christoph Wenzel, graf von Nostitz, died 1712. On spine: 27 [in red]; Pencil markings p.3: 4° 91411. Fl. 185. Lb Xxvii 12683 Solms (by L. Rosenthal?); p.2: Colla: 278 unbeschreib l4 leer Blatt; Note scribbles on cover and on title-page.

Guide to the Solms Reader Collection
XII Colloques ou dialogues escrits pour l’usage, et l’exercice en la langue francoyse, du M[onsieu]r George Frederic Comte de Solms
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1977; revised by ksc, 2005. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
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Solms Reader, MS B27, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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