Les Ballades de Maistre Francois Villon, Francois Villon, illus. Chéri Hérouard, caligraphy [“escrites”] by Raymond de Rigné (chez Cres., Paris, 1919)
11.75″ X 9.25″, 169pp, rebound in red cloth boards with paper labels, decorated end papers. Original soft wraps intact. #450/550 signed by Hérouard. 31 full page drawings by Hérouard plus 31 small vignette type illustrations with a few “signed” by him. Beautifully printed on heavy deckle edged paper. good condition, wear to top and bottom of spine. ribbon intact.
François Villon (c. 1431_1464) was a French poet. Most of what is known about Villon has been gathered from legal records and gleaned from his own writings. He was a thief, killer, barroom brawler, and vagabond. He is perhaps best known for his Testaments and his Ballades. He was the most famous realist poet of the Middle Ages. Chéri Hérouard (1881 – 1961) was a French illustrator who was most famously known for his forty-five-year work for French society magazine, La Vie Parisienne. Under the pseudonym of Herric, he also created erotic and sadomasochistic illustrations for various books including the Kama Sutra. This work was originally published with soft wraps. This copy has been beautifully rebound with it’s original wraps intact.