GUILLAUME DE LORRIS AND JEAN DE MEUNG
Romant de la Rose moralisé [in the version of Jean Molinet]. Lyon: Guillaume Balsarin, 1503
folio (256 x 182mm.), woodcut initials and illustrations, lettres bâtardes, woodcut printer's device at end, nineteenth-century half red morocco by Sautelet (name stamped at foot of spine), spine gilt in compartments, marbled edges, lacking quire a4, washed, bookplate removed from inside front cover, extremities slightly rubbed
A richly illustrated edition of the Roman de la rose, with the text complete (lacking only the preliminaries). The text is in the prose version of Jean Molinet (1435-1507), which is divided into chapters with Christian moralisations provided at the end of each chapter. Molinet's version was probably first printed by Vérard in c. 1500 (though the date of this edition is uncertain) and the woodcuts in Balsarin's reprint are close copies of an earlier Lyon edition from the 1480s of the Roman de la rose.
USTC 30256; von Gültlingen, Balsarin 2
Francisco Domecq Victor, Cadiz, 1852, library label
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