Front cover image for Ballade des dames de temps jadis / March 1932

Ballade des dames de temps jadis / March 1932

Calligraphic ms. of a 15th-century ballade by François Villon, written and illuminated in The Scriptorum of C.L. Ricketts in Chicago, March 1932. The poet laments the loss of the past, vanished like melting snow; and rhetorically asks what remains of the beauty, intelligence, and artistry of the women he admired: Flora, Helois, Blanche, Bietris, Alys, Berthe, and Jehanne
Manuscript, French, 1932