The First Crusade. The Deeds of the Franks and Other Jerusalemites



London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1945.

Translated, edited and with an introduction by Somerset De Chair. Number 234 of 500 copies with wood engravings by Clifford Webb. Printed in 16 pt. Poliphilus type on hand-made paper. 12 X 7.25 ins. 92 pp. Gilt title on spine and gilt devices by the artist on upper and lower covers. T.E.G., others uncut. Original half vellum by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with orange cloth covered boards. 6 full page wood engravings by Clifford Webb capturing different military actions during the First Crusade. Inscription on front free endpaper reads, “Was very interested in this following a discussion with the author…July 1946.” This is the first English translation of the Gesta Francorum written c1101 which is considered to be the first and possibly the only eye-witness account of the First Crusade. A near fine copy. Inscription from previous owner on front endpaper. “I must admit that the production of this book gives me great pleasure, and I can find no fault with it.” (Cockalorum 168)

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