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ELWES, Alfred and Mary Lafon.
Jaufry the Knight and the Fair Brunissende: A Tale of the Times of King Arthur.

New York: Wiley & Halsted, 1857.
New York: Wiley & Halsted, 1857.

FIRST USA EDITION. 8vo. (xvii),18-156pp. followed by 4pp publisher's catalogue. Original orange 'T'-grain cloth; faded title in gilt to spine, design in blind and a gilt embossed illustration of the knight on upper and lower boards. Olive coloured end papers, all edges gilt. Illustrated by I. W. Orr. Eight full page contemporary hand-coloured illustrations. Spine lightly sunned, and a trace of soil to the binding; the text has occasional spotting, else this is a very good copy with stunning llustrations. The illustrations are printed on a different paper from the edition in blue binding with uncoloured plates. Translated from the French version of Mary Lafon by Alfred Elwes. This is the story of Jaufre, the only surviving Provencal Arthurian romance. In it, Jaufre sets out to avenge affronts to Arthur and Merlin, but falls in love with the mistress of the castle of Monbrun. (Arthurian Encyclopedia, p. 251 and 118). Scarce. Very good, hardcover. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. They reached the lofty rock, where, at the summit, they beheld the king hanging thus helpless from the monster's horns. 2. "Knight," said Sir Jaufry, "thou dost press me sore". 3. The wood and iron, for a cubit's length, pierced through the shoulder. 4. "Halt, knight," he cried: " I'll have a word with thee". 5. "Heaven!" Sir Jaufry cried, "in thee I trust; what figure have we here?". 6. Jaufry with Augier's daughter rode away. 7. He his efforts used to save her with the butt-end of his lance. 8. Then was the convent-church most richly decked, to which the king in pomp conducted him with the fair Brunissende.