London: John Russell Smith, Soho Square, 1872. New Edition. Three Volumes. Small octavo, original pebble-grained dark red cloth, the spines lettered and ruled in gilt, front & rear boards bordered and decorated in blind. 304 + 319 + 292 pp. Attractive bookplates in all volumes (pastedowns of Vols 1 & 3, verso of free endpaper in Vol 2) "Ex Libris William Eustace Bevan"; ink name on inner covers. Text block lightly browned throughout. A near fine set of an edition which usually turns up in deplorable condition. Item #312542
¶ Translated from the Spanish Version of Garciordonez de Montalvo by Robert Southey, first issued in 1803. AMADIS OF GAUL is an early epic chivalric romance which dates back to the 14th Century, presumably the work of a Lusitanian knight, Joham de Lobeira (I26I~1325). There is evidence that Lobeira was merely retelling an older French Romance, but evidence is slight; the earliest surviving manuscripts have long disappeared. But AMADIS OF GAUL is more than just an epic novel, it is a prototype Gothic fantasy novel, with wicked sorcerors, evil giants, malignant dragons hiding in caves - and throughout we have the Knight-Errant battling evil powers, setting wrongs to right, rescuing damsels in distress, etc. A vastly important work in the field of fantasy romance, mostly unobserved today.