(Paris: [Printed by Arrault in Tours for] Editions Rombaldi, 1952). 203 x 159 mm. (8 x 6 1/4"). xii, 155, [1] pp, [1] leaf. No. 496 of a limited edition (but the limitation unspecified).

Maroon crushed half morocco over red buckram boards, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments featuring dashed rules, scrolling floral cornerpieces and floral centerpiece, top edge gilt. Original wrapper bound in at front. Five risqué pochoir plates (including frontispiece) by Jacques Touchet. Title page printed in red and black. Front pastedown with bookplate of Robert Marceau. The colored plates quite bright, the leaves with ample margins, and both the binding and leaves in fine condition.

The extant works of the 15th century poet Villon (b. 1431) amount to no more than 3,000 lines, and he was an obscure figure for more than 300 years before being rediscovered by Rossetti and Swinburne in the latter part of the 19th century. But his most substantial work, "Testament" (a poem of some 2,000 lines in which he makes bequests, variously pathetic, ironical, and facetious, to many persons he has known) is a lasting achievement that "by its mingled bitterness, melancholy, and humor, its sincerity and deep feeling . . . contrasts strikingly with the insipid lyrics of his predecessors and with the moralizings of the 'rhétoriqueurs' who followed him." (Oxford Companion) The cartoon-like illustrations by popular illustrator Jacques Touchet accent the saucy wit of some of the verses.

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PJP Catalog: RCVF20.057