Two parts in one volume, 2o (293 x 208 mm). 336 leaves. 7 large woodcuts, 2 full-page, including one repeat. (Two small marginal repaired tears on first leaf, lower corners of aa2 and y8 renewed, some pale spotting at end.) 20th-century red morocco gilt, edges gilt, by Bauzonnet-Trautz (a few small scuffs); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Armand Cigogne (1860 sale, lot 1814); Jacques-Joseph Techener (1865 sale); Leon Techener (1889 sale, lot 143); Hector de Backer (bookplate; 1926 sale, lot 117); Edmee Maus (bookplate; library dispersed through the French and Swiss trade in the 1970s and 1980s). Third French edition. The romance of Tristan was probably created on the basis of early Gaelic legends. The Anglo-Norman troubador Thomas wrote in French sometime between 1155 and 1170 and his Gaelic legends were already laced with Greco-Latin themes. This tradition gave rise to the German translation of Gottfried von Strassburg. In these early versions, Tristan is the son of Rouland and Blanchefleur. A different tradition was followed by Malory in his "Morte d'Arthur", circa 1470. In this tradition, Tristan is the son of King Meliodas of Lyonese and of his wife Elizabeth. The present version belongs to this tradition. It states in the preface that the Knight Luce, lord of the Chateau du Gast near Salisbury in England, has compiled this "authentic history" of the Chevalier Tristan. The three Verard editions are all VERY SCARCE: Goff lists three copies of the 1498 printing and one of the circa 1496 edition, all of which are in public libraries and only two of which are complete. No copies of this edition have appeared at auction in at least 50 years according to American Book Prices Current. Brunet V, 955.