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Aucassin & Nicolette

Eragny Press. Bourdillon, Francis WIlliam, Ed

The Brook, Hammersmith, London. The Eragny Press. 1903
French novelist Georges Lecomte's presentation copy of the beautiful Eragny Press edition of the medieval French chantefable 'Aucassin & Nicolette'.

From the edition limited to 230 copies (only 200 for sale), this copy with a presentation in sepia ink to front free endpaper:'à mon ami Georges Lecomte [effaced but legible] / Lucien Pissarro'.

'This is the last book printed in the Vale Type by Esther and Lucien Pissarro at the Eragny Press, The Brook, Hammersmith, and completed May, 1903.' (From the colophon).

Georges Lecomte (1867 - 1958) was a novelist, dramatist and member of the Académie Française (he became permanent secretary in 1946). Born in Mâcon, he also wrote criticism including his 1892 essay on Impressionism and the collection of Paul Durand-Ruel.
[34 leaves; pp. (i), 55, (ii)]. 8vo. (221 x 150 mm). Leaf with title verso, leaf with large colour wood-engraved vignette by Lucien Pissarro with decorative border and caption in red as frontispiece, opening leaf with decoration in red and large decorative woodcut 9-line initial, printed text in black in French with ornaments and musical notation in black on staves throughout, final leaf with colophon recto and justification with Eragny vignette verso. Original publisher's grey / blue paper-backed patterned paper-covered boards, title gilt to front cover at upper left and floral ornaments to spine.

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