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The English have Romeo and Juliet; the French have Aucassin and Nicolete (sometimes spelled Nicolette) from a medieval chante-fable, a combination of prose and verse, or literally a “sung song”. While the work probably dates from the 13th century it was not widely known until the late 1880’s when it was most accurately translated into English. This wonderful print called “Nicolete looks for Aucassin” is from a 1911 version of the story, translated and edited by Harold Child and published by Adam and Charles Black of London.

The illustrator of this print is Anne Anderson (1874 – 1930) a prolific Scottish artist primarily known for her art nouveau children’s book illustrations. She was born in Scotland, spent her childhood in Argentina, and then settled in Berkshire after her marriage in 1912. At her death she had over 100 books to her credit with this version of “Aucassin and Nicolete” being one of her earliest works. With her soft muted colors and flowing lines, Anderson has made Nicolete a princess for the ages. The actual print definition and quality are typical of that time period, lacking much of the sharp clarity that is available today with offset printing but adds timeless charm to this beautiful print.

There is slight uniform yellowing of the paper around the actual image as well as some slight wear at the page edges in line with what you would expect of a print that is almost 100 years old. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge is trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book measured approximately 10 x 7-1/4” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in a 9x12 standard frame.

Antique book illustrations are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great gifts for any occasion as they are always unique and unusual. Browse our store for other antique illustrations in this series to complete a matching wall grouping or for other areas of interest.

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1911 Nicolete Looks for Aucassin French Fairy Tale Antique Print

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  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: Original Antique Book Illustration, Mat, Cardstock
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  • Ships worldwide from Colorado, United States