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Le Roman du Renart, Publié d'après les Manuscrits de la Bibliothèque du Roi des xiiie, xive et xve Siècles
Treuttel et Wurtz 1826 - Four volumes, complete. Octavo (9-5/8 x 6-1/2 in.). Large paper edition on grand papier vélin, contemporary brown half morocco over marbled boards, backs gilt in six compartments, edges roughly trimmed, the binding signed by Thouvenin (spine, vol. 1). Collates 434 pp.: [8], 1 f. (frontispiece recto), xx, 404; 438 pp.: [8], 1 f. (frontispiece recto), iv, 424; 454 pp.: [8], 1 f. (frontispiece recto), iv, 440; 552 pp.: [8], 2 ff. (frontispiece recto, in two states), iv, 536. Engraved frontispiece illustrations, preliminary states before titles, by Ashby after A. Desenne. Spines uniformly faded, minor chips and bumps to covers, scattered foxing internally. A very good, well preserved copy overall, beautifully bound, strong and bright internally, incisively printed by Crapelet. A penciled notation lower right on the verso of the rear free endleaf in v. 1 attests that the set was sold for the issue price of 108 francs and contemporaneously bound for 60 francs additional. The first complete, textually critical edition of the 12th- and 13th-century collection of tales and fables in verse about Renard the fox in the original Old French, edited by the esteemed medievalist Méon, who has provided the glossaries in each volume. These satirical fables by a medley of authors present human society under the guise of various animals, Renard the fox, Noble the lion, Ysengrin the wolf, Brun the bear, Tibert the cat, Chantecler the rooster and Tiercelin the crow. The proper name given the fox here, indeed, entered the French language by popular appropriation as the word for the animal. The present edition includes two late 13th-century works related to the Roman: "Le couronnement de Renart" (v. 4, pp. 1-123) and "Renart le nouvel" (v. 4, pp. 125-461). The latter is a long satirical poem by Jacquemart Gellée, poet of Lille, who interspersed his verse with songs, the music of which is here printed in the text. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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