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WARWICK, Guy de
L'hystoire de Guy de Waruich chevalier d’Angleterre
Paris, pour Jean Bonfons, 1550. [ENGLISH CHIVALRY IN A FRENCH ROYAL COPY] 4to. 106 unnumbered leaves. A-E4, F8, G-I4, K8, L4, M8, N4, O8, P-Q4, R8, S4, T8, U6. (Quire K misplaced after Quire G.) Lettre Bâtard. Title printed in red and black with large white on black criblé woodcut initial ‘L’, woodcut illustration on title also printed in red and black, 25 woodcut illustrations in text, some repeated, fine white on black criblé woodcut initials in two sizes, stamp of the ‘Bibliothèque du Roi. Palais Royal’ in lower margin of title, booklabel of Ganay (crowned eagle in gilt) on pastedown, that of Jean Bonna below, shelf mark ‘3g G’ in late seventeenth hand on fly. Light age yellowing. A fine most beautiful copy in late 17th-century French red morocco by Luc-Antoine Boyet, covers bordered with a triple gilt rule, shield gilt at centres gilt lettered with ‘Janvier 1696’, the arms of the Comte de Toulouse gilt above [Olivier pl. 2609, 1], spine with gilt ruled raised bands, richly gilt in compartments, title lettered in gilt, edges and inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled and gilt. A wonderful, most beautiful copy, with remarkable provenance, of this extraordinarily rare chivalric romance concerning the English knight Guy de Warwick, almost certainly the only surviving copy in private hands and one of three known copies; the other two are held at the Bibliotheque National de France (one of which is substantially damaged).This copy of this work epitomises all the elements of bibliophilic desirability; it is beautifully printed with wonderful illustration, i … [Click Below for Full Description]
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