Jean Baudoin (translator)

Jean Baudoin (1590–1650), born in the Vivarais region, was a French translator, notable as the first French translator of Torquato Tasso's La Gerusalemme liberata[1] and as an early member of the Académie française,[2] to which he was elected before 13 March 1634. He died of hunger and cold in 1650, and was succeeded at the Académie by François Charpentier.[1]

Curiosite d'amour from Baudoin's translation of the Iconologie

Baudoin translated from English as well; his translation of Francis Godwin's The Man in the Moone first appeared in 1648 and went through four subsequent printings. His translation was also the basis for the German translation.[3][4]

Baudoin translated Cesare Ripa's Iconologia of 1593 into French and published it in Paris in 1636 under the title Iconologie.[5] The Iconologia of Ripa was a highly influential emblem book based on Egyptian, Greek and Roman emblematical representations, many of them personifications.[6] For the French translation, the Flemish engraver Jacob de Bie translated the woodcuts from Ripa's original book into linear figures inside circular frames, thus turning Ripa's allegories into the reverse side of Roman coins.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Jean BAUDOIN (1590-1650)". Académie française. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  2. ^ Lawton, H.W. (1931). "Bishop Godwin's Man in the Moone". The Review of English Studies. 7 (25): 23–55 [26]. doi:10.1093/res/os-vii.25.23. JSTOR 508383.
  3. ^ Bürger, Thomas; Schmidt-Glintzer, Helwig (1993), Der Fliegende Wandersmann nach dem Mond: Faksimiledruck der deutschen Übersetzung (in German), Herzog August Bibliothek, pp. 138–40, ISBN 978-3-88373-074-5
  4. ^ Poole, William (2009), "Introduction", in Poole, William (ed.), The Man in the Moone, Broadview, pp. 13–62, ISBN 978-1-55111-896-3
  5. ^ a b Olga Vassilieva-Codognet, À la recherche des généalogies effigionaires de princes: Series of Retrospective Dynastic Portraits and the Social Implications of True Likeness (Antwerp, ca. 1600), p. 102-105
  6. ^ Maser, E.A. (1971) Cesare Ripa. Baroque and Rococo. Pictural Imagery. The 1758–1760 Hertel edition of Ripa's Iconologia with 200 engraved illustrations, p. viii–ix. The Hertel Edition