BOUCHER, Lucy, illustrator. Adam de la HALLE. ~ Le Jeu de Robin et Marion. Nice: [Cannes: Ateliers d’Art Ryp for] Éditions Sefer, [ 1962].
Folio (360 × 270 mm), pp. , 55, , including 2 decorative titles, plus 16 full-page plates, silk screened and pochoir coloured, some finished by hand in gold and silver, decorative borders in gold and colours to second part, fist part in gothic type. Prospectus (signed by Boucher) laid it at rear. Publisher’s red morocco gilt, with hand painted circular vellum onlay and 4 metal bosses to upper cover. Original morocco backed silk covered box (joint cracked but secure).
A splendid piece of twentieth-century Medievalism, with miniaturist Lucy Boucher’s brilliant hand-finished colour plates inspired by tapestries and stained glass. Le Jeu de Robin et Marion is usually considered the earliest French secular play with music, written in around 1282 or 1283 — a dramatisation of a traditional genre of medieval French song, the pastourelle. The pastourelle typically tells of an encounter between a knight and a shepherdess, but Adam de la Halle’s version of the story places a greater emphasis on the activities of Marion, her lover Robin and their friends after she resists the knight’s advances.
One of 380 copies, this one of 246 ‘regular’ copies after copies with original drawings etc. Worldcat lists a single copy (University of Antwerp).