London: Phaidon, 1975. Hard Cover. 8vo. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #006825
Full blue cloth. 191 pp. Colour frontis +  pp. colour plates, numerous B&W illustrations in text. Sing to top and tail edges. Dust jacket chipped and worn at top edge, sunned to spine. The romantic love story has its roots deep in European culture. In this amusing and sensitive book, D.D.R. Owens traces it back 800 years to the French troubadours, singers of courtly love. He uses the tales of well-known pairs or lovers to illustrate the development of the theme.