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SPLENDOUR AT COURT:  DRESSING FOR ROYAL OCCASIONS SINCE 1700., Arch, Nigel and Marschner, Joanna.
1 Arch, Nigel and Marschner, Joanna. SPLENDOUR AT COURT: DRESSING FOR ROYAL OCCASIONS SINCE 1700.
London Unwin Hyman, London, (1987), Ist edition. 1987 0713526610 / 9780713526615 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
128 pp, 10 1/2" H. Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs, reproductions, drawings. "(P)rovides a lively picture of contrasting courtly scenes through the ages. It takes us from the paralysingly formal Court of Queen Anne to the outlandish ostentation of fifty years later when the Prince of Wales's dancing feet twinkled with 30,000 Pounds worth of diamonds attached to his shoe buckles. It conjures up the social butterflies of the Victorian age and a young debutante in the 1920's having difficulty tucking the essential three white feathers into her fashionably bobbed hair style. The fairy tale dresses and gold encrusted uniforms described and illustrated in this book have echoed or defied the fashions of the world right up to the present day. The last debutante to be presented at Court left Buckingham Palace in 1958, but in ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament courtly costume and tradition still linger with us." Spine is slightly twisted, minor toning on pastedowns. Dust jacket has light wear at bottom of front flap-fold, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of rear panel, very soft crease down rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TRISTAN AND ISOLDE:  RESTORING PALAMEDE., Erskine, John.
2 Erskine, John. TRISTAN AND ISOLDE: RESTORING PALAMEDE.
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill 1932 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 
347 pp, 8 1/8" H. Black cloth with gold lettering and banding on spine and front board, blind stamped decoration and image of mounted knight on front board. Decorated endpapers. Erskine re-introduces the Saracen, Palamede, to the story of Tristan, Isolde and King Mark. Previous owner's name/address in ink on half-title page, light browning to pages, moderate browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, book is slightlty cocked, some areas of light discoloration on boards. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN.  VOLUME 2.  MEDIEVAL BRITAIN.  (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN:  THE MIDDLE AGES.), Ford, Boris, ed.  Derek Pearsall, Nicola Coldstream, Nigel Nicolson, Stephen Medcalf, Richard Axton, T.A. Heslop, R.B. Dobson, Nick Sandon, Christopher Page, Tom Williamson, Carol Meale.
3 Ford, Boris, ed. Derek Pearsall, Nicola Coldstream, Nigel Nicolson, Stephen Medcalf, Richard Axton, T.A. Heslop, R.B. Dobson, Nick Sandon, Christopher Page, Tom Williamson, Carol Meale. THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN. VOLUME 2. MEDIEVAL BRITAIN. (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: THE MIDDLE AGES.)
Cambridge Cambridge University Press for The Folio Society 1995 Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket - (as issued) 
290 pp, 10" H. Bound in full dark blue cloth with title and shield in gold on spine. B&w illustrations and colour plates. Contents: General Introduction; The Middle Ages; Architecture; Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk; Literature and Drama; Festive Culture in Country and Town; The Visual Arts and Crafts; The City of York; Music; The Working Landscape; Further reading and artists' biographies; Index. Very minor wrinkle at bottom of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE LOVE POEMS., Montague, John.  Drawings by Claire Weissman Wilks.
4 Montague, John. Drawings by Claire Weissman Wilks. THE LOVE POEMS.
Exile Editions, Toronto, 1992. 
185 pp, small 4to (10" H), soft cover. ISBN 1550960881 Full-page b&w illustrations by Claire Weissman Wilks. "Love takes many shapes, from the carbon of lust to the diamond of divine love. We try our best, we stumble, we are blinded. Nonetheles s love lives and renews later life as a mortal thing immortalized. There are many ways of regarding love, from the humility, courtesy, adultery and religion of courtly love, to the eastern bodily mysticism of the tantric. This book is a dia r y o f J ohn Montague's attemps to love." Interior - tiny curl at top corner of first few pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine, a few tiny dints and some line i nd e nt at i on s on covers, very light rubbing, soft corner crease on front cover. Very Good- 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
5 Spence, Lewis. SPAIN. MYTHS AND LEGENDS SERIES.
London Bracken Books 1986 185170017X / 9781851700172 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Otway McCannell. 
405 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w illustrations. "Lewis Spence provides a detailed and enthralling guide to (Spain's) great legends, discussing the source of romances and romanceros, debating the Moorish influences upon them, and then taking the reader into the tales themselves. Folkore plays a relatively small part; Spain's chivalric fictions are usually the offspring of historic happenings or of that brilliant and glowing imagination that illuminates the whole expanse of Peninsular literature. As the 'chansons de gestes' spread south across the Pyrennes, the themes of noble valour and courtly love were adapted to native heroes - Bernaldo de Carpio, champion of Castile, and the Cid, with his famous sword, Colada. These and other stories will be found in the pages of this book, together with the Moorish romances, including 'The Arabian Astrologer' and 'The Three Beautiful Princesses'. The author concludes with a selection of humorous romances - including 'Don Quixote', and also such less well known tales as 'Lazarillo de Tormes' and 'Guzman de Alfarache'." Minor wear at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 


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