Armfield, Maxwell. Hard Cover. London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1910. 1st Edition. Near Fine.
Illustrated by Maxwell Armfield. First edition. Finely bound in full teal calf by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, with five raised bands to the spine, contrasting brown title label to the spine, lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, teal marbled endpapers flecked in gilt, white ribbon bookmark. Near fine, with just some toning to the spine and rear board, else very bright and clean. A beautiful copy in a lovely fine binding. 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. In his introduction, Mason explains he was inspired to translate this medieval text, which was written by an unknown minstrel at an unknown date, because "his work must ever remain, because in it he has caged his dream of love, and has revealed so delicate a sense of beauty, as one would not have seemed possible to a strolling player of mediæval France." This edition is illustrated with full color plates and black and white in-text vignettes by Maxwell Armfield.