Thomas ofBritanny; Michel, Francisque, ed. ,
THE POETICAL ROMANCES OF TRISTAN;
TRISTAN: RECUEIL DE CE QUI RESTE DES POËMS RELATIFS A SES AVENTURES
Londres, Guillaume Pickering, 1835. First edition. 2 volumes. 12mo. Illustrated with lithographs
of the manuscripts, some with initials colored by hand in red and blue. Title page in Volume 1 in
both English and French..
Publisher's original cloth in a small sand grain design. This is clearly Winterbottom's Type 'M'
(Tomlinson). Krupp (p.30) notes this as San1, but without a Winterbottom cross-reference. She
ascribes an appearance date of 1850 for this early design; to find it on books published in 1835 is a
treat. That it would appear on a Pickering work should be no surprise. Pickering started
experimenting with bookcloth as early as 1823 through his binder, Archibald Leighton, who was
responsible for many innovations in the design and use of early bookcloth.
The text constitutes mainly the remains of Thomas of Britain's Tristan Romance, composed in the
12th and 13th centuries in Norman French and Greek, here edited and rendered in the originals by
This is a very good set with only light signs of age and wear.
Fairly scarce. A third volume with additional Tristan fragments was issued in 1839, not present
here. There is an old note on the front free endpaper indicating that this is one of 250 copies, but
we have not been able to confirm that limitation.
This is the first printed edition of Thomas of Britain. It dates from about 1170, and includes
Tristan's marriage and the Hall of Statues, his return to Cornwall, and the lovers' deaths, using the motif of the sails. Reiss,
Reiss & Taylor, Nrs. 930 and 956. A translation into English was issued by Pickering the same year.
HEROES & KINGS
London, Sylvan Press, 1930. Limited edition Folio. Unpaginated. Finely
printed on Barcham Green hand-made paper.
Bound in coarsely woven red cloth blocked in gilt with a design by the
illustrator on both the upper an lower boards. Top edge gilt.
Contains twelve of William's poems followed by all seven of his
Arthurian poetry: Tristam's Song to Iseult; Palomides' Song of Iseult;
Lamoracke's Song to Blanchefleur; A Song of Palomides; Taliessin's Song
of a Princess of Bysantion; The Song of the Riding of Galahad.
One of 250 copies from a total edition of 300, signed by both Williams
and Janes. This is copy No. 93.
Light soil else a very good copy. Surprisingly scarce.