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Petit de Julleville, Louis, trans.  La chanson de Roland: Traduction nouvelle rhythmée et assonancée avec une introduction et des notes. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre (pr. by A. Quantin), 1878. 8vo (20.7 cm, 8.18"). [4], 460, [4] pp.
$350.00

First edition of this modern French verse rendition of the classic epic, done by medievalist Louis Petit de Julleville (1841–1900), known for his studies of the history of French language and literature. The text is printed on facing pages with the original Old French on the left and the translation on the right.
        The forematter includes a history of the text, a bibliography, a study of medieval customs and the characteristics of the protagonists and antagonists, and an introduction to the versification.
        Binding: Contemporary dark brown morocco, covers framed and panelled in gilt fillets with gilt-tooled corner fleurons, spine gilt-lettered and with gilt-beaded raised bands and compartments stamped similarly to covers using same tools; board edges with gilt fillet, free endpapers in maroon silk. => Doublures of brown morocco matching covers and stamped more ornately, in foliate and floral designs. Top edges gilt, page edges otherwise untrimmed; silk place marker. Front pastedown (doublure) signed, gilt-stamped, "The Harcourt Bindery."
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Bound as above, spine gently and evenly sunned to olive and spine edge of front cover slightly so, extremities lightly rubbed. Some gatherings in introduction and in notes unopened. Minor foxing throughout, pages otherwise clean. => A great example of the binders' style/philosophy rewarding those who care actually to open their subtly-finely bound volumes; "but look, here's more!"  (37751)   Please RESHELVE This.


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