London: Printed for White, Cochrane, and Co., 1814. Limited edition. Hardcover. 4to.(16),xxvii,(1),544. Illustrated with plates based on drawings in a manuscript of the original romance. Edition limited to 175 regular copies and 25 large paper copies. Even though this copy has very generous margins, we believe it is one of the 175 copies.
Translated from the original French by Lord Berners (ca. 1467-1533), this is the third (or possibly the fourth) edition, and the first with illustrations. Previous editions are unobtainable; there are two recorded, one in 1555 or 1560, printed by Redbourne, and another in 1582 printed by East. Another edition is reported but not seen. This edition is edited by Edward Vernor Utterson, who has provided a 16 page preface from which the above information is taken.
Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full tan morocco, spine in six compartments, gilt. Boards tooled with gilt rules and upper and lower boards tooled with gilt armorial central devices. The corners of the boards are filled with floral tools and Tudor roses made up of white and red onlays. All textblock edges gilt; board edges ruled in gilt; gilt inner dentelles. Endpapers of beige watered silk. The upper inner board signed 'Sangorski & Sutcliffe'. There is a library donation bookplate on the reverse of the front free endpaper, but no library markings. This is a fine, fresh copy remarkably free of the foxing associated with this edition.
This is the vision with the contemporary colored illustrations. All illustrations are expertly colored in the manner of medieval miniatures. The coloring is clear, expert and glowing. Fine. Item #21240