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Title:Lancelot of the Laik from Cambridge University Library MS
Price:GBP£50.00 (about USD$67.60)
Item ID:B009-3918
Publisher:Scottish Text Society, Edinburgh, 1912
Binding:Hardcover (Quarter Leather)
Condition:Near Fine
Scottish Text Society, 1912, Hardcover (Quarter Leather), Book Condition: Near Fine, First

quarter leather with gilt border line to green cloth covers; printed for the Society by W. Blackwood and Sons & illustrated by three fold-out facsimiles of the original manuscript & a 36-page introduction. The romance known as 'Lancelot of the Laik' survives in only one manuscript, Cambridge University Kk.1.5, and even there it is incomplete (only three Books and a Prologue remain), ending abruptly in the middle of the 3487th line. The ms. dates from very late in the fifteenth century & the writing of the poem has generally been placed not much earlier. Derived from the French prose Lancelot (c. 1215–30) the poem was written in a Scottish dialect, although that appearing in the Cambridge manuscript is far from uniform. Book 2 features an extensive “Advice to Princes” section in which King Arthur is given instruction on good kingship, which may be a response to the problems of the reign of James III of Scotland, & certainly seems to belong to a tradition of political advice which enjoyed continuous currency in Scotland between about 1450 and about 1580. Contents & Errata lists to the front; Glossary to the rear. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 36 + 113 pages. Text is in Scots. binding, covers and spine fully intact but pages appear to have been re-glued into binding at some time. no Dust Jacket as published.. Top edge gilt in good condition. Gilt titles spine. tiny spot of wear to rear cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Poetry; Medieval Poetry; Medieval Romance; Scottish Literature; Scotland; Medieval 10th to 15thc; Scots Language; Literature & Literary. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3918.
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