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HUON DE BORDEAUX, Duc de Guienne. Les pouesses & faictz du tres preulx noble & vaillant Huon de bordeaulx Per de France Duc de Guyenne. Nouuellement redige en bon Francoys. Lyons: Olivier Arnaullet, ca 1530.
HUON DE BORDEAUX, Duc de Guienne. Les pouesses & faictz du tres preulx noble & vaillant Huon de bordeaulx Per de France Duc de Guyenne. Nouuellement redige en bon Francoys. Lyons: Olivier Arnaullet, ca 1530.

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HUON DE BORDEAUX, Duc de Guienne. Les pouesses & faictz du tres preulx noble & vaillant Huon de bordeaulx Per de France Duc de Guyenne. Nouuellement redige en bon Francoys. Lyons: Olivier Arnaullet, ca 1530.

8o (177 x 129 mm). Woodcut of castle and knights on title, woodcut of lady and knight on title verso, 19 smaller woodcuts in text. 20th-century blue morocco, gilt-lettered on spine, red morocco gilt doublures, edges gilt, by Koehler. Provenance: Prince d'Essling (bookplate); Crawford; Yeminiz (bookplate); Clarence H. Clark (bookplate); Lucius Wilmerding (bookplate, his sale Parke Bernet 30 October 1951, lot 480).

An early edition of this rare old romance of chivalry in black letter. The romance relates to Sir Huon, one of the Paladins of Charlemagne, who married Esclairmond, and when Oberon went to Paradise succeeded her as "King of all Faery," etc. The story has long been popular in France and oft reprinted, not only as a portion of the "Bibliothèque Bleue" but as a chapbook. RARE: all early editions are scarcely seen at auction, according to American Book Prices Current; only a copy of the ca 1550 edition appears there, sold at Swann in 1985. Not in Adams or BMC/STC French. Brunet III:382. WITH A DISTINGUISHED PROVENANCE.

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