Sundry Ballades
  • Sundry Ballades


    François Villon.


    San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1922. Quarto. Brown paper-covered boards, paste-down with titling on the upper front board, vellum spine. Unpaginated. One of 210 copies printed letterpress by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn & James McDonald. Near fine.


    Though little is known about Villon, what we do know indicates that he is one of the baddest animals on record: during the span of time he published his derelict poetry, he also drank heavily, frequented brothels, beat a priest to death, and captained a roving band of thieves. For his crimes he was imprisoned, tortured, sentenced to hang, and eventually forced to live in exile. An influence on Bertolt Brecht, Bob Dylan, Hunter S. Thompson, Klaus Kinski, and many others. The publisher, San Francisco's Grabhorn Press was a letterpress institution and a national treasure. One of the 50 notable books of 1922, this is an uncommon Grabhorn title prepared for special complimentary distribution, in the variant vellum binding. 


    "In my own country I am in a far-off land
    I am strong but have no force or power
    I win all yet remain a loser
    At break of day I say goodnight"