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BOUCHER, Lucien (illus.), MEUNIER, Mario (trans.).

Fabliaux du Moyen-Age....

[1] Guillaume au Faucon et à sa suite: le prêtre qui fut mis au lardier et Auberée la vieille maquerelle ; [2] Les 3 Aveugles de Compiègne suivis des 3 chevaliers, de la chienne Estula, du Prêtre et du loup et de la vieille qui oingt la palme au chevalier ; [3]Bérengier au long cul suivi du Plisson d'Hermelinde de la Bourse pleine de sens de Brunain la vache au prêtre et des Braies du cordelier. Fabliaux du moyen-âge transposés par Mario Meunier et ornés de bois pas Lucien Boucher.

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Published: Paris Marcel Seheur, 1921 [but 1922]-1924-1925

Stock Code: 132851

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


First edition thus, first printing of this modern take on scabrous medieval stories, numbered 95, 203, and 150 respectively, of 250 copies on papier d'Arches à la forme with a suite of woodcuts on china paper.
A fabliau is a French comic tale, often anonymous, written by minstrels and jongleurs during the first half of the 12th century. It is generally characterized by sexual and scatological obscenity, and by a set of attitudes contrary to the Church and to the nobility. Although much later than his usual source texts for translation, Meunier considered these medieval fabliaux as an important component of the "joie médiévale". An accomplished Hellenist who usually strove to bring Greek classics to the public, Meunier's intention in this case, as explained in his preface, was to render these texts more accessible by "uniting the lively and old-fashioned grace of the content to a certain rejuvenation of the form", for at the time, the reader could only access them in their original, difficult form or through commentaries. Published shortly after the First World War, the endeavour was also to bring some joie de vivre back, as Meunier writes: "the fabliaux's joy is good and wholesome, and we need to learn to laugh again."
Indeed, the three men responsible for this publication were brought together during the First World War as they were all prisoners at the camp of Merseburg in Saxony. Their time at the camp was recounted in 1920 with the publication of Images de la vie des prisonniers de guerre, written by Meunier, published by Seheur, of whom little is now known, and illustrated by Boucher. Their successful literary collaboration was repeated for several other works.
A rare copy of the complete set: OCLC only locates two complete sets, both in the US, and three odd volumes between the Netherlands and Canada.

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3 vols., quarto. Original printed wrappers.


20 full-page colour wood engravings, including a title page for each volume and one for each tale, 71 other wood engraved in-text illustrations including headers and cul-de-lampes, all repeated uncoloured in the suites on china at the end of each volume,


Minor rubbing to extremities, occasional faint spotting, a near-fine set.


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