Housman, Clemence; Woodroffe, Paul. Hard Cover. London: Chatto & Windus, 1930. Near Fine.
Illustrated with engravings by Clemence Housman after drawings by Paul Woodroffe. Second printing. Finely bound in full blue polished calf by Riviere & Son (Bayntun) for the Halle Bros. Co., with five raised bands to the spine, contrasting red title label lettered in gilt, spine compartments elaborately decorated in gilt, boards ruled in gilt, all edges gilt, floral turn-ins in gilt, blue marbled endpapers. Near fine, with some light toning to the spine and board edges, a hint of faint soiling to the boards, otherwise fresh binding, former owner's bookplate to the rear pastedown, otherwise bright and clean interior. A beautiful copy. Aucassin and Nicolette is a 13th century French medieval chantefable (a song-story, or an adventure tale told in prose and verse) about a pair of lovers, Aucaussin and Nicolette, who persevere through ill fate and misfortune to achieve happiness together. Additionally, this volume includes Amabel and Amoris, which similarly tells of a love that prevails in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds. Both stories employ traditional motifs with satirical twists and are illustrated with engravings by the author's sister Clemence after drawings by his friend Paul Woodroffe.