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Montrieux Menthon, Françoise
Chanson de Roland
Paris: Editions Siloë, 1948. First and only edition of this ambitious retelling of the eleventh-century Chanson de Roland, the foundational text of French literature. Set in 778, during Charlemagne's Roncesvalles campaign, the song of brave Roland, loyal Oliver, treacherous Ganelon, and the Saracen king Marsile runs through the center of each page, bordered by brightly colored action scenes drawn in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry. Françoise Montrieux Menthon connects the two medieval touchstones in her introduction: "Si vous allez un jour à Bayeux, vous regarderez le long ruban de tapisserie tissé par la reine Mathilde, la femme de Guillaume le Conquérant; la reine brodait ses guerriers dans le moment où le trouvère composait son poème, et devant l'oeuvre de l'une, vous penserez à l'oeuvre de l'autre et vous sentirez l'âme de ce siècle." OCLC locates two copies, at Princeton and the Newberry Library. Text in French. A near-fine example of a remarkable picture book, with both literary and art historical interest, warmly inscribed by the author. Oblong folio, measuring 10.5 x 14.5 inches, 22 unnumbered pages. Red coated paper spine, color-printed buff paper boards. Color illustrations throughout text. Author's ink presentation to front free endpaper. Lightest edgewear and soiling to boards, rippling to pastedowns, faint offsetting from illustrations.
Bookseller: Honey & Wax Booksellers [U.S.A.]

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