MEYER, Paul, editor. ~ Fragments d’une Vie de Saint Thomas de Cantorbery en vers accouplés. Paris: [Le Puy: Marchessou fils], Firmin Didot, 1885.
4to (226 × 178 mm), pp. , xlii, 37, , plus 5 heliogravure plates. Uncut. Contemporary original brick red cloth, gilt device to upper and lower cover, gilt title to spine. Excellent.
First edition. Ancient French extracts of the life of Saint Thomas of Canterbury (Thomas Becket), taken from a manuscript in the Goethals-Vercruysse collection, published by the Société des anciens textes Français, founded in Paris 1865. These extracts from the original manuscript are written in verse and edited by Meyer, a French philologist of the manuscript department of the Bibliothèque nationale from 1866 to 1872, also ranking as the chief authority of the French language in this era. This book also includes a series of 5 heliogravure plates showing samples from the original sheets.