Rouen: Éduoard Frère, Éditeur, 1836-1838.
First edition, one of 40 large paper copies on vélin (with watermarks J, D). Imprimé par Nicétas Periaux, rue de la Vicomté, 55. 5 Facsimiles. cxxxvii, , 395, ; 366, , 174 pp. 2 vols. Large 8vo (11 x 7-1/2 inches). King Arthur of the Round Table. Nineteenth century boards, morocco labels (rubbed), uncut. Some rubbing to extremities, spine ends bumped, scattered foxing (pp. lxxxix-xcvi somewhat browned). Very good. Brunet V, 1393; Frère II, 614; Graesse VI (2), 406; Vicaire VII,1144; Viollet-le-Duc I, 49; Bossuat 3708. Item #44163
The Roman de Brut, a paraphrase of Geoffroy of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, chronicles in verse the early British kings. Wace's poem is the earliest surviving text that discussing the origins of the King Arthur's Round Table.
The regular edition (on laid paper) measures 22-23 cm in height; this copy is almost five centimeters taller.
A soundly edited, important work in a beautifully produced edition.
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