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SIGNED Vintage book gorgeous marbled The Lays of Desire, Graelent and Melion by E Margaret Grimes 1928, on the legendary mythic French songs

SIGNED Vintage book gorgeous marbled The Lays of Desire, Graelent and Melion by E Margaret Grimes 1928, on the legendary mythic French songs

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Description

There is no other book like this one.

Description coming! For now just look at how beautiful it is, and you can read the information below :) 3/6/17 clyn

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Lays of Desire, Graelent and Melion: Edition of the Texts with an Introduction by Margaret E. Grimes
-Author/Editor: Margaret E. Grimes
-Song Titles: Le Lay du Desire, Le Lay de Graelent, Le Lay de Melion
-Format: First edition, signed by author/editor with personal note in French, First and only edition. English language writing about French language "lays" or bardic songs. Photographed black and white frontispiece (image of manuscript of Lay of Desire from the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris), colorful intricate endpapers and gold detail on leather spine/binding, marbled covers in full color of green red and white swirls.
-Condition: The condition of the book is what I would call worn but wonderful! Readable for sure, you don't have to worry about pages coming detached or anything, but the binding should be handled with some care. Not to worry though, it is not coming apart and if handled correctly as any antique book should be it will be it will continue to live long on your shelf as it has on others before you :)
-Publisher: Institute of French Studies, New York. "Printed in the U.S.A. by Lancaster Press, Inc., Lancaster, Pa."
-Copyright: 1928 G L van Roosbroeck
-Date published: 1928
-Provenance: I'll admit the second I saw this baby come in to the library I used to work at I was enthralled and had to have it, whether or not I could speak French (I can't). Every part of this book is a masterpiece, and it is signed by the author which came as a nice added surprise as I looked through the gorgeous endpapers and flipped to the frontispiece, etc. Although, this took me a while to do because I stared and marveled at the cover and binding for so long :) Who donated this book I could not tell you, but I got the book in September 2016 right before I quit working there, and as the Friends of the Library knew they would not be able to sell it, they let me have it gladly. And I took it gladly. We were glad all around haha :) As to who owned the book before me, I would like to think the donator was not the person who practically ruined this masterpiece with their signature and part of their address and phone number (not full or I would try to look them up just to scowl at them!) on the title page and the page before it. This person is named Robert Dandy, and I irrationally hate him for his marks made sloppily in the book that was signed BEAUTIFULLY by the author before them. Still, it does not take away much from the book because as a whole the thing is wonderful and a work of art, rare enough to be likely the only in the world left that is in this condition and signed by the author E Margaret Grimes herself. Where it came from before me is likely an interesting story, all told, but I do not know it outside of the name Robert Dandy. Where it is going next, I am excited to find out, and I hope it is going with you.
-Pricing: I priced the book after a back-breaking amount of research, I'll be honest. It was difficult to price something so masterfully constructed and preserved, especially considering it is signed by the author, and a true item of its time with browned pages and intriguing endpapers and the marbled cover, the real leather binding with golden detail still shining, the superb script that E Margaret Grimes wrote in, it is all so .... well, priceless. I ended up basing the price off of other books from the French Studies Institute in New York, but these were also scarce and it was not very helpful. I took into consideration it is a French book in subject and half the piece is comprised of French verse, but that it is described/studied/discussed/written in English otherwise. This means it can be used by English speakers, French speakers, and especially those who speak both, so it will appeal to more people than just a French or English book alone. In fact it is most likely best for someone learning French, as E Margaret Grimes clearly was when she wrote this dissertation-style book. In the end, the price I came to is certainly what the book is worth for what it is on the outside, but even more so for its specialness and complete uniqueness in the world.
There is no other book like this one.

Description coming! For now just look at how beautiful it is, and you can read the information below :) 3/6/17 clyn

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Lays of Desire, Graelent and Melion: Edition of the Texts with an Introduction by Margaret E. Grimes
-Author/Editor: Margaret E. Grimes
-Song Titles: Le Lay du Desire, Le Lay de Graelent, Le Lay de Melion
-Format: First edition, signed by author/editor with personal note in French, First and only edition. English language writing about French language "lays" or bardic songs. Photographed black and white frontispiece (image of manuscript of Lay of Desire from the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris), colorful intricate endpapers and gold detail on leather spine/binding, marbled covers in full color of green red and white swirls.
-Condition: The condition of the book is what I would call worn but wonderful! Readable for sure, you don't have to worry about pages coming detached or anything, but the binding should be handled with some care. Not to worry though, it is not coming apart and if handled correctly as any antique book should be it will be it will continue to live long on your shelf as it has on others before you :)
-Publisher: Institute of French Studies, New York. "Printed in the U.S.A. by Lancaster Press, Inc., Lancaster, Pa."
-Copyright: 1928 G L van Roosbroeck
-Date published: 1928
-Provenance: I'll admit the second I saw this baby come in to the library I used to work at I was enthralled and had to have it, whether or not I could speak French (I can't). Every part of this book is a masterpiece, and it is signed by the author which came as a nice added surprise as I looked through the gorgeous endpapers and flipped to the frontispiece, etc. Although, this took me a while to do because I stared and marveled at the cover and binding for so long :) Who donated this book I could not tell you, but I got the book in September 2016 right before I quit working there, and as the Friends of the Library knew they would not be able to sell it, they let me have it gladly. And I took it gladly. We were glad all around haha :) As to who owned the book before me, I would like to think the donator was not the person who practically ruined this masterpiece with their signature and part of their address and phone number (not full or I would try to look them up just to scowl at them!) on the title page and the page before it. This person is named Robert Dandy, and I irrationally hate him for his marks made sloppily in the book that was signed BEAUTIFULLY by the author before them. Still, it does not take away much from the book because as a whole the thing is wonderful and a work of art, rare enough to be likely the only in the world left that is in this condition and signed by the author E Margaret Grimes herself. Where it came from before me is likely an interesting story, all told, but I do not know it outside of the name Robert Dandy. Where it is going next, I am excited to find out, and I hope it is going with you.
-Pricing: I priced the book after a back-breaking amount of research, I'll be honest. It was difficult to price something so masterfully constructed and preserved, especially considering it is signed by the author, and a true item of its time with browned pages and intriguing endpapers and the marbled cover, the real leather binding with golden detail still shining, the superb script that E Margaret Grimes wrote in, it is all so .... well, priceless. I ended up basing the price off of other books from the French Studies Institute in New York, but these were also scarce and it was not very helpful. I took into consideration it is a French book in subject and half the piece is comprised of French verse, but that it is described/studied/discussed/written in English otherwise. This means it can be used by English speakers, French speakers, and especially those who speak both, so it will appeal to more people than just a French or English book alone. In fact it is most likely best for someone learning French, as E Margaret Grimes clearly was when she wrote this dissertation-style book. In the end, the price I came to is certainly what the book is worth for what it is on the outside, but even more so for its specialness and complete uniqueness in the world.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

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Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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