San Francisco: Roy Vernon Sowers, 1938. Limited edition. Folio (15 1/4 inches tall), original blue paper boards with shield decoration in gold and blue, tan cloth spine with paper label printed in red, uncut. Gentle toning to upper edges of paper boards. A fine copy. Item #766
"THE MAID OF ORLEANS" Limited edition of the first English translation of this15th century life of Joan of Arc, one of the Patron Saints of France. The text is sourced from the second printed edition of Les Chroniques de France (Paris, 1493), the medieval historiography tracing the classical origins of the French monarchy, and translated by Pauline Sowers. The legend of the "Maid of Orleans" grew after her execution in 1431 and she has long had a special relationship with France. Joan was pronounced innocent by the Inquisition in 1456 and declared a martyr, adopted by the Catholic League in the 16th century wars against the Ottoman Turks, and declared a national symbol of France by Napoleon in 1803. The English long regarded her as a witch but fascination with Joan surged in Britain and America during the 19th and early 20th centuries. One of only 525 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press. Handset in Koch Bibel Gotisch type and printed in two columns in red and black inks with 15 colored initials (seven in blue, eight in red). Illustrated with 22 woodcuts reproduced from the original edition. The text is preceded by A Bibliographical Note on Antoine Verard (Roy Vernon Sowers) and a Translator's Note. Grabhorn, 289.