THE TALE OF KING COUSTANS THE EMPEROR. THE HISTORY OF OVER SEA.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press – (Morris William), 1894. One of a total edition of 545 copies. Paper Boards. Translated out of the ancient French into English by William Morris. Hammersmith 1894. With ornamented woodcut double title and numerous initials by William Morris. Original holland-backed blue-gray paper boards, black lettering on upper cover, untrimmed edges One of 525 copies on Batchelor laid paper (total edition 545). – Typeset from the Chaucer Type, the running titles and the publisher's imprint were printed in red. This is a particularly charming little anthology of two Medieval French romances translated by Morris into his special brand of archaic-sounding English. The love stories involve, first, a commoner's marriage to the daughter of the pagan emperor of Byzantium and, second, the adventures that befall French lovers who are taken prisoner by Saracens during a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Peterson A 26. – Tomkinson 114, 26 (with full-page illustration of the double title). – Ransome 328, 26 Near Perfect condition with no markings inside or out. Near fine. Item #519
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