First Thus. Very Good. Item #4972
Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin Company / Riverside Press, 1918. First English Language translation, limited to 380 copies of which 350 were for sale, this copy numbered 348 on colophon at back. Octavo; 42pp. Some pages still uncut. Armorial bookplate of Constance Virginia Carter on front pastedown, with bookseller's ticket of Williams Bookshop, Detroit at bottom of front free endpaper. Text in both English and the original French. Gray paper-covered boards with small white title card to spine. Covers lightly shelfworn, with some dulling and spotting to face. Bookplate heavily toned through from glue, with a bit of offsetting to opposite endpaper. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
First English translation of Villon's poems written in the language of the Coquillards (a.k.a. thieves' cant). This copy from the personal library of author, journalist, and speechwriter William Safire, whose "On Language" column ran in The New York Times Magazine for 30 years.