Privately printed for the Villon Society. Translated and edited by John Payne. Limited edition, lettered “B.” of an unknown number of copies. Three-quarter leather with marbled boards. [cvi]158 pp. 11.25 x 7.5 inches. Very good+.
A sumptuous leather copy of Villon’s medieval poetry, with red-petaled gilt flowers, raised bands and titling. Finely marbled boards and endpapers, with gold page tops. Intended for private circulation only. Rubbed tips and edges, with some handling wear. Beautifully designed and pristine interior.
François Villon, pseudonym of François de Montcorbier or François des Loges (born 1431, Paris—died after 1463), one of the greatest French lyric poets. He was known for his life of criminal excess, spending much time in prison or in banishment from medieval Paris. His chief works include Le Lais (Le Petit Testament), Le Grand Testament, and various ballades, chansons, and rondeaux.