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Francois Villon. A Documented Survey
Lewis, D. B. Wyndham
Published by Doubleday (1958)
Measures 7x4 inches Weighs 10 ounces

Condition: Very Good.
Solid tight clean copy. Minor creasing to spine. Minor scuffing at edges (as expected.)
Former owner name inside, top at first leaf.
Else clean. Text crisp

1. Portrait of a Master of Arts
Cutiu non proinde specioms, ut facile appareret
eum ex hoc nota Utteratorum esse, quos odisse divites
[In his appearance not over-dazzling: so that you
might without difficulty recognise him as belonging
to that class of men of letters who are continuously
hated by the Rich.]
—PETRONIUS, Satiricon, lxxxiii.
A little before nine o'clock, of a bitter night in Paris, on
the threshold of Christmas 1456, the sacristan or minor
beadle of the University whose duty it was to ring the bell
of Sorbonne for the night Angelus climbed into the rope-
chamber, grasped his rope and jerked it, and set the
tongue in the steeple above him swinging: Borne. Borne.
I A pause.
Bome. Bome. Bome.
The waves of sound rolled heavily over University,
over the sloping huddled roofs, down to the river, rever­
berating and shaking die air. In a few years onward,
I when a decree of Louis xi. shall have made national what
is now a custom peculiar to University and to the devout
Celts of Brittany, the first note of Angelus from Sorbonne
will be answered by a brazen salvo, tintamarre, and
clangour from all the bells of Paris full volley, as it were
Ringing Island itself: by the deep bay of St. Germain-
des-Pres, St Severin clamouring over the river to St Merri,
a fainter jangle coming down the wind from Notre-Dame
and St. Germain l'Auxerrois, St Peter of the Bulls
chiming to 8t Gervais and the Gelestines by the Bastille,
st Martin's Priory awaking the bells of the Chartreux
and the Dominicans of the Rue St Jacques, and Joining...

Francois Villon, A Documented Survey, D. B. Wyndham Lewis, Doubleday 1958, Paperback Book, Biography, Paris Middle Ages


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