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Bourcher, John, Lord Berners
The History of The Valiant Knight Arthur of Little Britain. A Romance of Chivalry
London: Printed for White, Cochrane, and Co., 1814. Limited edition. Hardcover. Very good. 4to.(16),xxvii,(1),544. Illustrated with black and white plates based on drawings in a manuscript of the original romance. Edition limited to 175 regular copies and 25 large paper copies. This is one of the 175 copies. Translated from the original French by Lord Berners (ca. 1467-1533), this is the third (or possibly the fourth) edition, and the first with illustrations. Previous editions are unobtainable; there are two recorded, one in 1555 or 1560, printed by Redbourne, and another in 1582 printed by East. Another edition is reported but not seen,. This edition is edited by Edward Vernor Utterson, who has provided a 16 page preface. Bound in half red morocco, spine in six compartments with gilt rules and title; deep red buckram sides. Occasional light foxing, especially to the plates, binding lightly rubbed on the upper hinge, else this is a very good copy to near fine copy.
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