Mid-18th century "Recueil de Chansons," 112 pages of song texts in manuscript, alternately penned in three distinct hands. On laid paper with "strasbourg bend" watermark with pendant initials GR. 4to, in original full leather with marbled endpages. Spine extremities heavily chipped, one gathering of four pages lacking (not included in the 112). With a detailed 5 pp typed listing of the songs, including many with bibliographic references, compiled by an unidentified early 20th century musicologist. The manuscript may be approximately dated by one song's reference to the siege of Bergen op Zoom by the French in 1747.
These remarkable song lyrics cover a wide spectrum of topics, from love, to wine, to war etc. Included are such titles as: Lorsque l'amour est à la chasse; Quand mon amant me fait la cour; L'amour est un chien de vaurien; Lucas un jour vint me surprendre; J'ai bu du vin chez Silène; Pendant mon séjour à l'armée etc..