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Histoire de Foulques Fitz-Warin

By Francisque Michel

1840 - Paris - Silvestre Libraire

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Le Livre de Baudoyn, Conte de Flandre

By MM. C. P. Serrure and A. Voisin

1836 - Brussels - Chez Berthot et Perichon

9.1" by 6", (3), 112, iv-xxxiv, 227, (1)pp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

DETAILS

A mid nineteenth century volume comprising two books attractively bound together in leather and marbled paper covered boards, with gilt lettering and decoration.

Both First Editions.

French language.

Le Livre de Baudoyn has a black and white frontis and architectural border on the title page. Various in-text illustrations.

Bears Samuel Edward Widdrington's armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. S. E. Widdrington (formerly Cook), 1787-1856, was an English writer, who, having served as a Captain in the Royal Navy, lived for some years in Spain. He served as High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1854 and was a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Geographical Society. By royal license he assumed the name Widdrington, and purchased the moiety in 1842. He inherited the Newton Hall estate from his father, Joseph Cook.

Fulk FitzWarin (also called Fulke or Fouke FitzWaryn or FitzWarren) was a medieval landed gentleman turned outlaw, from Whittington Castle in Shropshire. The traditional story of his life survives in a French prose "ancestral romance".

The story may combine aspects of the lives of two Fulk FitzWarins, father and son, who lived in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The tale of Fulk FitzWarin has been noted for its parallels to the Robin Hood legend.

Francisque Xavier Michel (1809-1887) was a French historian and philologist, who, having become known for his editions of French works of the Middle Ages, was sent by the French Government to England (1833) and Scotland (1837) to continue his research there.

CONDITION

The binding is tight and firm. The front inner hinge is strained after the title page. There is some mild wear to the extremities with some mild rubbing to the edges of the spine. Internally the pages are bright with occasional foxing, becoming prominent to the first few pages and pages 97 to vi only. There is a note in ink to the front blank, and some loss where a signature has been removed. Overall the condition is very good.

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