Paris: F. Kellerhoven, . Hardcover. A beautiful book with chromolithographs that are based on the paintings at the Sainte-Ursule Church in Cologne. The text and plates in this work were previously unpublished. "Saint Ursula is a legendary Romano-British Christian saint who died on 21 October 383. Her legendary status comes from a medieval story that she was a princess who, at the request of her father King Dionotus of Dumnonia in south-west Britain, set sail along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens to join her future husband, the pagan governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica. After a miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome with her followers and persuaded the Pope, Cyriacus, and Sulpicius, bishop of Ravenna, to join them. After setting out for Cologne, which was being besieged by Huns, all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre. The Huns' leader fatally shot Ursula with an arrow" [Wikipedia]. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. The leather is chipped, bumped, and rubbed. Edges of paper boards are chipped and worn. Hinges are tender but text block is tight. This book's appeal are the twenty-one gorgeous chromolithographic plates by Hangard-Maugé. The plates are in very good to near fine condition despite the foxing and offsetting to their tissue guards. Text pages are generally clean with aging to page edges and occasional spotting. Ownership signature dated 1945 on half-title and bookplate on ffep. Very good. Quarto. 218 pages. REL/101221. Very Good.
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