Hard Cover. London: William Pickering, 1835. Near Fine.
First edition. Illustrated with three hand-colored plates and a frontispiece. Finely bound by Whitman Bennett in full blue morocco with four raised bands to spine, decorated in gilt, blue and white marbled endpapers, turn-ins stamped in gilt with intricate floral design, top edge gilt. A near fine copy with some toning and minor rubbing to extremities, early very minimal repair to spine head, very tight and clean overall. This collection of early French poetry explores the range of writing styles that, according to the editor, are underrepresented in contemporary English discussions of poetry. The poems span from the 12th century, during the medieval period, through to the 16th century, when King Henry IV was in power. The poems appear here in their English translations, along with a few in their original French. Beginning with the oral traditions of the French troubadours in the 12th century, this literary form represents some of the earliest lyric poetry and depictions of courtly love, a major influence on poetry that followed.