Bertrand du guesclin.

Accession number: 
PML 604
Du Guesclin, Bertrand, comte de Longueville, approximately 1320-1380.
[Lyon] : [Guillaume Le Roy], [approximately 1487]
[88] leaves : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 26 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

Title from woodcut sur-title, leaf a1v.
Imprint from ISTC.
Colophon, leaf o7v: Cy finist le livre des faiz de messire Betrand du guesclin chevalier Iadiz connestable de france et seigneur de longueville.
Printed in Le Roy's type 5*:111G.
Signatures: a⁸ b-n⁶ o⁸: 88 leaves.
Paper format: Chancery folio.
29 woodcut illustrations, with 8 block repeated.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 25.5 x 28.7 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: o8, replaced in facsimile.

19th-century French gilt-tooled full red goatskin over paper boards (26 x 19.5 cm), sewn on 6 supports by Edouard Niédrée, 1846. Blue goatskin doublures, with marbled paper and plain endleaves; decorative endbands; gilt edges.
Variant Title: 

Title from ISTC: Le livre des faits d'armes de Bertrand du Guesclin.


Hand decoration: Contemporary French rubrication, red initials. Annotations: Minimal 15th/16th-century French marginal notations on a few leaves.

Alexandre Guiguard of Paris, signature, 15th century (leaf a1r, visible under UV); unidentified signature and 2 armorials, 15th century (leaf o7v, visible under UV); Pierre-Adolphe du Cambout de Coislin, marquis (1805-1873), gilt armorials (front and rear doublures), his sale, Paris, 27 Nov. 1847, lot 451; William Morris (1834-1896), Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, booklabel (front pastedown); Richard Bennett (1849-1930), purchased Morris's library in August 1896, armorial bookplate (front endleaf 1 recto) and price code: sm/-/- +___ (front endleaf 1 verso); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.