The Complete Works of Francois Villon.
New York: Covici, Friede, 1929. Hardcover. Translation and introduction by J.U. Nicolson. Illustrations by Alexander King. Small 4to. Complete 2-volume set. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jackets. 899pp. Top edges gilt. Sepia-tone frontispieces,full-page sepia-tone illustrations. Very good/very good. Faint bit of edgewear only. Item #39664
An exceptionally tight and attractive set with usually-absent black d.j. present and handsome. Side by side French/English texts. Colophon leaf notes 960 numbered copies (this #438) signed boldly by Nicolson. These two thick volumes are often found worn and rough, making this clean, unworn set quite attractive. Villon (1431-ca. 1463) was by far the best known French poet of the late Middle Ages, a renowned shady character whose verse chronicles his escapades.