Very Good. Item #7380
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930. First Thus in the beloved 1930 Scribner format. Octavo; xiv + 347pp. Nine full-color illustrations plus illustrated cover and pictorial endpapers.
Black cloth with gilt spine lettering and paste-on front panel illustration. Some polite scuffing to crown and foot of spine and panel edges, which have been oh-so-slightly bumped; a few panel scars. Back joint shows what may have been one tiny act of taste-testing by a mouse; joints and hinges otherwise solid. Textblock unmarred and unmarked; some minimal foxing on those pages facing the illustrations. Clearly read but clearly cared for by owner Louis L. Williams, whose signature in ink is almost hidden at the base of the rear pastedown.
This retelling of the matter of Roland by James Baldwin—(no, he's not the same one)—was first published in 1883. It attempts a conspectus for young readers from the Chanson de Roland to Boiardo and Ariosto, but doesn't quite get to As You Like It and Vivaldi. Still, it's a jolly one-stop-shop for Roland-iana.
Illustrator Peter Hurd was a pupil, and, later, son-in-law of N.C. Wyeth—whose illustrations are also renowned from the Scribner editions of Verne, Defoe, Stevenson, etc. Hurd (in)famously painted the presidential portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson which LBJ rejected as "the ugliest damn thing I ever saw." For this edition of Roland, Hurd's style and palette hover between those of Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish.