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The Most Delectable History of Reynard the Fox

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This is the edition produced by Felix Summerly, the pseudonym of Sir Henry Cole. It is thought that he translated the Caxton version of 1481 but with some bowlderisation - "the advancement of good and virtuous" as he says in his Epistle to the reader. Reynard was a thoroughly scurrilous fox and the apparent triumph of such a degenerate character was thought inappropriate for the Victorian child. The text goes back to Chaucer and beyond and Caxton's version was thought to be a translation from the Dutch.

The publisher was Joseph Cundall at 12 Old Bond Street. The date is somewhat difficult to interpret but is almost certainly 1846. The book has been rebound, and somewhat roughly. The spine cover is a rexine material although the boards themselves are probably original. They have embossed pattern and gilt lettering to the front (but nothing on the spine cover). There is moderate edge and corner wear. The text block has gilt edges. Title page tells us that there are 24 colour illustrations, but only 22 survive. Each has a protective plain paper protection adjacent to it. Similarly the page sequence is fine to 106 but there is then two pages, four sides, missing, the sequence restarting at 111 and continuing to the final 152. Inscription on title page dated 1875. There is no list of illustrations so it is not possible to say which ones are missing.

The illustrations are bright and attractive, but while this book is priced at several hundred pounds on the net, in its present condition we offer it at a much reduced price

Item details

Author(s):
Felix Summerby (Sir Henry Cole)
Condition:
Poor
Dimensions:
16.5 x 14 cm approx
Edition:
1846
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
152
Publisher:
Joseph Cundall
Title:
The Most Delectable History of Reynard the Fox

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This is the edition produced by Felix Summerly, the pseudonym of Sir Henry Cole. It is thought that he translated the Caxton version of 1481 but with some bowlderisation - "the advancement of good and virtuous" as he says in his Epistle to the reader. Reynard was a thoroughly scurrilous fox and the apparent triumph of such a degenerate character was thought inappropriate for the Victorian child. The text goes back to Chaucer and beyond and Caxton's version was thought to be a translation from the Dutch.

The publisher was Joseph Cundall at 12 Old Bond Street. The date is somewhat difficult to interpret but is almost certainly 1846. The book has been rebound, and somewhat roughly. The spine cover is a rexine material although the boards themselves are probably original. They have embossed pattern and gilt lettering to the front (but nothing on the spine cover). There is moderate edge and corner wear. The text block has gilt edges. Title page tells us that there are 24 colour illustrations, but only 22 survive. Each has a protective plain paper protection adjacent to it. Similarly the page sequence is fine to 106 but there is then two pages, four sides, missing, the sequence restarting at 111 and continuing to the final 152. Inscription on title page dated 1875. There is no list of illustrations so it is not possible to say which ones are missing.

The illustrations are bright and attractive, but while this book is priced at several hundred pounds on the net, in its present condition we offer it at a much reduced price

Author(s):
Felix Summerby (Sir Henry Cole)
Condition:
Poor
Dimensions:
16.5 x 14 cm approx
Edition:
1846
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
152
Publisher:
Joseph Cundall
Title:
The Most Delectable History of Reynard the Fox

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