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Of Aucassin and Nicolette bound by Riviere  

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Of Aucassin and Nicolette

Housman, Laurence, translator


Chatto & Windus



[6], 106 pp. With wood engravings by Clemence Housman after drawings by Paul Woodroffe.17.7x11.5 cm (7x4½"), red full polished calf bound by Riviere, tooled in gilt with gilt lettered morocco spine labels, raised bands, dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. 

Aucassin and Nicolette is the only known chantefable, the term itself having been derived from the story's concluding lines: "No cantefable prent fin" ("Our chantefable is drawing to a close"). Stylistically, the chantefable combines elements of many Old French genres, such as the chanson de geste, lyric poems, and courtly novels—literary forms already well-established by the 12th century. 

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A few scuffs and light scratches; near fine.

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