La Haye: A.A.M. Stols, 1925. Paperback. Number 23 of 100 copies. Signed by the author and printer. This was the 7th book printed by A.A.M. Stols for his friends. This copy was printed for Eugene Keuchenius. Claude Aveline was the pen name of Evgen Avtsine (1901 - 1992). He was a French author, publisher, and member of the French Resistance. Bound in light grayish paper wrappers with black title to front panel. Browning to spine and edges of wrappers. Printed in black with red initials. Offsetting to endpapers, else clean and bright. IN FRENCH. In original glassine. Creasing and browning to glassine. 16 pages. PRI/022823. Very Good.
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[London]: Chiswick Press, 1903. Hardcover. One of 200 copies. From the colophon: "The unknown 'Chanson de Geste' here transcribed belongs to the cycle of William Of Orange. There has been no attempt to edit the text, or even to correct not a few very obvious minor errors. The two reproductions are of the same size as the original manuscript." The Chanson de Guillaume, also called Chançun de Willame (English: "Song of William"), is a chanson de geste from the first half of the twelfth-century (c.1140, although the first half of the poem may date from as early as the eleventh century. Along with The Song of Roland and Gormont et Isembart, it is considered one of three chansons de geste whose composition incontestably dates from before 1150. The work is generally considered to have two distinct halves: the first tells of Guillaume of Orange, his nephew Vivien and the latter's young brother Gui and their various battles with Saracens at L'Archamp; in the second half of the poem Guillaume is aided by Rainouard, a giant. [Wikipedia] Bound in blue paper boards with cream linen spine with paper title label. Boards have fading along with light wear and bumping. The spine is faded with some light stains and wear along edges. Label is chipped and wrinkled. Offsetting to front and rear free endpapers. Some splitting to a few gutters not affecting the tightness of the text block. Most of the pages are unopened. A nice copy in very good condition. Octavo. Not continuously paginated. PRI/120822. Very Good.
Utrecht: Stichting de Roos, 1958. Hardcover. Number 161 of 175 copies. IN FRENCH. Printed for the members of the Societe "De Roos" a Utrecht. Bound in dark red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt device of R.D. to front board. With three full page wood engraved illustrations and two vignettes. Large initials in red. Letterpress printed in Lutetia type on basingwerk parchment. 64 pages. PRI/122022. Very Good.
London: Eragny Press for Halcon and Ricketts, 1900. Hard Cover. One of 226 copies of which 200 were for sale.This is one of 175 paper copies. There were also 10 vellum copies. Founded in 1894 by Lucien Pisarro and his wife, Esther, the Eragny Press became well known for its distinctive designs, woodcuts, and printing. The press originally printed books using Charles Rickett’s Vale Press type face; however, in 1904, after the closing of the Vale Press, Lucien began publishing his own books and printing them with a typeface of his design called Brook Type. This title beautifully exemplefies the style and distinctive qualities of the Eragny Press. It is printed on handmade papers with the Vale watermark using the Vale Press typeface. Printed in red and black with striking decorated initials. The frontispiece has a woodcut portrait of Villon done by Lucien Pissaro with an ornate border of leaves designed by Lucien and engraved by his wife Esther. Bound in floral patterned paper covered boards, with a gray paper spine with gilt titling. The spine has faded with some loss of cloth to head and tail, and it has been repaired along its right edge. The corners are bumped and there are light marks on the covers. Slight offsetting to pastedowns and the rear free endpapers. The text pages are generally in very good condition, with a bit of light spotting to the title page. Gift inscription in ink dated 1916, Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. 88 pages plus 3 page list of titles. PRI/061323. Very Good.
Paris and Maastricht: La Connaissance and Leiter-Nypels, 1924. Hardcover. Number 308 of 380 copies. Printed to honor the 400 year anniverasary of the birth of the author, Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585). Bound in full tan leather boards with gilt title to spine and blind stamped devices to both boards. Rubbing and chipping to leather along hinges, corners, and edges of boards. The leather along both hinges is starting to crack, but the boards remain firmly attached and the cords remain unbroken. Gilt decoration to dentelles. Marbled endpapers with top edge gilt. Printed on fine paper in Erasmus-Mediaeval type with initial letters and decorations by S.H. de Roos. With a lovely color frontispiece engraving. Gilt flourish to title page. Printed in black, red, and blue inks. The original blue paper wrappers are bound in. Clean and bright aside from penned gift inscription to front free endpaper, offsetting to title page, and browning to top margins of two facing interior pages - likely due to a laid in bookmark that has since been removed. A beautiful printing of these classic sonnets. 183 pages. PRI/032323. Very Good.