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Herbert, Isaac, ed. Roberte the Deuyll. A metrical romance from an ancient illuminated manuscript. London: Printed for Egerton, Clarke, & G. Barrett, 1798. 8vo (20.3 cm, 8"). viii, 49 pp.,  leaves of plates. $150.00
The medieval legend of Robert le Diable tells the tale of a knight born upon prayers to the devil after heaven ignored a desperate mother's wishes; his origin becomes apparent throughout his violent and sinful life, although he eventually experiences remorse and recent accounts of the story treat it as a romance — Robert, following his repentance, marries a beautiful princess. In older accounts, Robert lives as a hermit.
The tale of the sinful knight is here => beautifully illustrated with 14 plates evoking manuscript illustrations in black and white, including the frontispiece; the text and the plates are on wove paper.
Provenance: On front pastedown, armorial bookplate of Robert Frederick Boyle, possibly the author of Piebald: A Novel published in 1867. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
ESTC T130686. On the texts seen by Herbert, and their illustration (or lack of it), see: Robin Flowers, British Museum Quarterly (Dec., 1934), pp. 36–38. Bound in 19th-century half morocco with marbled paper sides and gilt lettering to spine; corners bumped, spine-ends and joints rubbed. Very light foxing to plates and small tears and occasionally some loss to page edges. => A nice copy of this version of this legend, uncut but opened. (37846) Please RESHELVE This.
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