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First Crusade : The Deeds of the Franks and other Jerusalemites. "Gesta Francorum et aliorum Hierosolimitanorum." Translated into English for the first time by Somerset de Chair. Engravings by Clifford Webb.
London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1945 - Limited Edition - Number 99 of 100 'specials' signed by de Chair and specially bound in full vellum by Sangorski and Sutcliffe (from a total edition of 500 copies). Foolscap folio - about 12.25 x 7.5" (31 x 19cm). Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe ("Bound by S & S, London" to front lower turn-in) for the publisher in full white vellum with attractive gilt vignettes by Webb to the upper and lower boards, gilt lettering and a small gilt cockerel vignette to the spine, single gilt rule border to turn-ins, black and yellow headbands. TEG - Top edges gilt, others untrimmed. 92pp. Designed, produced, and published by Christopher Sandford at the Golden Cockerel Press, London, in Poliphilus 16 pt. type on Arnold's hand-made paper (watermarked with the cockerel and GCP logo). Composition and press-work under the supervision of F. J. Newbery at the Chiswick Press. Printing completed on the eighteenth day of December, 1945. Compositors: J. W. Perrin and A. W. Dick. Pressman: H. Barker. (Originally sold at 20 gns.) Illustrated with 7 wood engravings by Webb - 5 full-page and 2 smaller vignettes, and with gilt vignettes to the upper and lower boards. De Chair notes in the Introduction, "Gesta Francorum et aliorum Hierosolimitanorum is the diary of a cavalry officer in Asia Minor, Syria, and Palestine from December, 1095 to 13 August, 1099; and is the first, and possibly the only, eye-witness account of the First Crusade. The original manuscript, the 'little book' read by Ekkehard, Monk of Bamberg, at Jerusalem in A.D. 1101, is lost, but the present translation is based upon a collation of the three mediaeval manuscripts now accepted as being nearest the original:-" the Vatican Library MS. 641 (ca. 1300-1350), the National Library of Madrid MS. 9783 (ca. 1280-1300), and the Vatican Library MS. 572 (ca. 1350-1400) with deference, as needed, to the text of MS. 641. Sandford notes in Cockalorum, "I must admit that the production of this book gives me great pleasure, and I can find no fault with it. The binding of the 'specials,' in classic vellum with flowing gold designs by Clifford Webb, seem to me as perfect in their chaste restraint as those of the Napoleon books in all their glory. The craftsmanship has that perfection which I take for granted in any binding handled by Stanley Bray at Sangorski and Sutcliffe's." Very Good Condition - cover very slightly bowed, vellum a bit discolored, corners and head/foot of spine a tad bumped, pages with a bit of waviness emanating from the gutter (from binding). Housed in a worn but intact orange buckram slipcase with some soiling, denting and a bit of fraying along edges and at corners, and a two inch scrape. A lovely and uncommon 'special' Cockerel which has been well protected by the slipcase. Reference: Cockarlorum 168. Additional photos available, please just ask. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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