New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1931. Preissig, Vojtech. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 1098 of 1500 copies, quarto size, 79 pp., signed by Vojtech Preissig, with LEC Monthly Letter. Fine / near fine. Item #18112304
The tale of Aucassin and Nicolete, taken from the only known surviving manuscript discovered in 1752, takes the well-known themes and styles of the epic poem, courtly love, and the saint's life and reverses them, presumably in parody; the story of two estranged lovers who find their way back to each other, "Aucassin and Nicolete" has Nicolete disguise herself as a minstrel to search for her lover Aucassin, and the story features several unexpected twists, such as a pregnant king (whose queen serves in the army) and a war fought by hurling cheese and apples. "Aucassin and Nicolete" is the only known chantefable, a mix of song and prose, and this edition takes the translation of Scottish poet Andrew Lang (1844-1912).
This publication from the Limited Editions Club features illustrations and decorations by Czech typographer and painter Vojtech Preissig (1873-1944), who brings a modern flair to the illustrations with bold line work and flat colours; the text of the book is also printed in a type designed by Preissig called Preissigova Antiqua.
This copy from the library of Alma Ruth Lavenson (1897-1989), a prominent American photographer during the first half of the 20th century, who worked with contemporaries such as Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham and who participated in the famous Group f/64 show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco; her bookplate is loosely laid in.
___DESCRIPTION: Full tan silk with purple, green, and black pattern, gilt lettering and ornaments on the spine, endpapers with green decorations, most signatures unopened, illustrations and decorations in green, purple, tan, and black by Vojtech Preissig throughout; Preissigova Antiqua type, J. W. Zanders handmade paper, quarto size (11.75" by 8"), pagination: [1-8] 9-77  [1 colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 1098, signed by Vojtech Preissig on the colophon. Illustrative prior owner bookplate belonging to Alma Ruth Lavenson is loosely laid in. With LEC Monthly Letter, one sheet folded once, with an excerpt from the book and three-colour decorations. In a cream paper dust wrapper with purple, green, and black wraparound decorations, title in black on the spine, and green decorations wrapping around to the front and rear flaps. In a slipcase covered in brown paper, with gilt lettering on the spine and the number "1098" stamped in black on the front board.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; some off-setting on the front paste-down endpaper, left from the glue from the bookplate, which is now detached and loosely laid in, else fine. The LEC Monthly Letter is fine, clean, without wear, with one horizontal crease. The dust wrapper is near fine, clean, unclipped, some slight edgewear to the head and tail of the spine and to the top edge, some age-toning to the front and rear panel and to the interior, else fine. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean overall with some minor soiling, some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and to the corners of the opening, else fine.
___CITATION: LEC no. 19.
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