ANDERSON, A[nne] (illustrator). Harold CHILDS (translator and editor). Aucassin And Nicolete. London; Adam And Charles Black. 1911.
4to. Original donkey brown reversed calf with yapp edges, panelled and decorated to a floral Art Nouveau design in green and gilt to upper cover, lettered gilt to spine, marbled pink endpapers, top edges gilt; pp. [xliii] + 131 + [i]; with text within gilt printed borders and 6 pretty coloured plates; externally uncommonly good with light overall dusting, bruising but no splitting to vulnerable leather and only light marking and staining to lower cover; internally fine, without inscription.
First edition illustrated thus presented in the de luxe publisher's leather binding. This mediaeval French romance relates the travails of a pair of star-crossed lovers who battle parental displeasure and prejudice to secure a happy ending. Aucassin, the son of Count Garin of Beaucaire, and his beloved Nicolette, a Saracen princess by birth but now the adoptive daughter of the Viscount of Beaucaire, are forcibly separated several times until the latter, dressed as a troubadour, escapes her tower-prison and defies the odds to reunite with her partner. The text contains more than one incidence of gender-reversal, including a pregant King and a warring Queen, and is winningly feminist in tone.