Le premier [- tiers] volume de Lancelot du lac.

Paris, Le Noir, 15 December 1520

3 vol. folio: [6]-ccviii (= 208), [4]-clxvii (= 162), [6]-c (= 202) ff. (some minor spotting and dampstaining, a few marg. repairs, tear in f. 24 [I], sm. hole in f. 127 [II], tear in blank top margin f. 94 [III]).

19th-c. gilt crimson morocco, covers with rectangular frames of triple gilt ruled borders with corner pcs, richly gilt spine on 5 raised bands, gilt sides, gilt ruled border inside (sl. rubbed, sm. scratches, sm. def. to corners). Very good copy.

Early edition of a major Arthurian prose romance. “The Lancelot-Grail, also known as the Prose Lancelot, the Vulgate Cycle, is a major source of Arthurian legend written in French. It is a series of 5 prose volumes that tell the story of the quest for the Holy Grail and the romance of Lancelot and Guinevere. The major parts are early 13th c. The Vulgate Cycle adds an intriguing dimension to the King Arthur tradition, perpetuating Christian themes by expanding on tales of the Holy Grail and recounting the quests of the Grail knights. The Lancelot propre (Lancelot Proper), the longest section, makes up half of the entire cycle. It concerns the adventures of Lancelot and the other Knights of the Round Table, and the affair between Lancelot and Guinevere” (Wikipedia). It was 1st printed Rouen 1488. This is the 7th ed., a repr. of the 1513 Paris ed. Large woodcut on verso of title I, and 26 woodcuts in text. Woodcut mark at the end of II-III. Large historiated grotesque initial on all 3 titles. Printed in gothic type, in 2 cols. Ref. Bechtel (Gothiques) L-41. - Moreau II:2384. - BP16 104045. - Fairfax Murray 301. - Essling 159. - Pettegree FB 32567. - STC French (BL) 231. - Not in Adams, Mortimer (Harvard French). Prov. Ownership entry (and stamp?) at top of title I erased and removed. - "Coll. Sancti Marci Novar." i.e. Novara, Piedmont (stamped on title I). - S[ylvain] B[runschwig], Swiss lawyer practising in New York, who’s magnificent collection of early French books was sold Geneva 1955 (leather bookpl., lot 453). - [Georges Petit].

€ 5.000 / 8.000

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