"Chatterton" is a major work of French Romanticism and Literature. The author tells the tragic story of a very young English poet, whose very poor condition and an tragic love, lead him to suicide.
De Vigny (1797-1863) denounces the severe criticism on poets and writers by the society of the time.
The first representation at the Théâtre Français on February 12, 1835, with Marie Dorval (mistress of Vigny), in the role of Kitty Bell, was a real triumph.
This very fine first edition of "Chatterton" by Alfred de Vigny is highlighted with an Edward May's frontispiece, engraved with etching. In addition, the binding is a Nineteenth-century full green morocco, signed by the binder Cuzin, with the original printed wrappers preserved. So this is a very fine copy of a masterpiece of French Literature.
"La Dernière Déesse" is a novel by Claude Farrère (1876-1957), who was a naval officer and a very prolific French writer, known for his work during his lifetime.
He was elected to the French Academy on March 28th, 1935.
This very good first edition, with original printed wrappers bound in and untrimmed edges, is one of the 145 copies on "Japon" paper, (n ° 103).
First edition illustrated by Timar.
One of the 30 copies of the leading print on Imperial Japan paper, including the 90 etchings in color, a suite of all boards with remarks, drawn in black, and 3 original sketches signed by the artist, 3 watercolors and 3 inked brass , corresponding to the originals.
This one is the n ° 1.
"Les Amours du Chevalier de Faublas", by Jean-Baptiste Louvet de Couvray (1760-1797), is a libertine novel which describes, with a fast paced rhythm, the love adventures of a young provincial aristocrat, who lived in the capital with his father and his sister.
It consists in many comic episodes, even if the third part is darker and announces the "roman noir". Another important feature of the novel, the hero, with androgynous beauty, is very often transvestite.
Emeric Timar (1898-1950) is a Hungarian illustrator, engraver and painter. He moved to Paris in 1925, in the inter-war period when the capital is still the center of the art world.
The artist focuses on the illustration of classics of Literature. He signs his works just by "Timar". He uses various media such as etching, aquatintl, lithography and watercolor.
According to the Bénézit dictionary, "His approach brings him closer to certain masters of the time, such as Édouard Goerg or Démétrios Galanis".
His work is perfectly highlighted with the illustrations of "Amours du Chevalier de Faublas".
The illustrations are in very high quality, and highlight the style of the artist. Expressive, vivid and realistic, they are in perfect harmony with the text.
In addition, the three sketches in black pencil, signed in ink by the artist, were used in the preliminary work of the engravings. They reflect the vivacity of his manner of drawing. These sketches highlight three characteristic aspects of Timar's style. With the first sketch of the two lovers kissing, he combines the curves of bodies with the one of the tree, with great delicacy. In the second and third sketches, he shows his ability to stage figures in balanced compositions. And the emotions of the figures are perfectly pictured, such as modesty, surprise, laughter, etc.
First edition illustrated by Maurice Leloir, with the auction catalog of the 245 original drawings, reproduced in this book.
"La Dame de Monsoreau" is a novel mixing History, Politics and Love, written by Alexandre Dumas Père (1802-1870).
It is published in 1846 and follows "La Reine Margot" and precedes "Les Quarante-cinq".
The story takes place at the court of King Henry IIIrd, son of Catherine de Medici.
Fine copy bound in by Salvador David (Son of the well-know David who transmitted his workshop to him in 1890. He worked for great bibliophiles).
Edition illustrated by Gustave Doré, with an introduction by the editor Jules Hetzel, who used his pen name P.-J.Stahl.
This book consists in the different tales of Charles Perrault (1628-1703), including the famous, "The Little Tom Thumb", "Cinderella" or "Little Red Riding Hood".
These extraordinary stories are illustrated by engravings by the famous artist Gustave Doré (1832-1883), which in all these fabulous characters come to life.
"Les Contes de Perrault" are considered as part of the masterpieces of the artist as an illustrator.
His engravings are modern by their compositions and the expressivity of the characters in the crucial point of the stories.
He succeeds mixing the styles such as: Epic, Tragic, Comic, Fairy tales, Realism with an innovative design.
"This satirical book [...] is generally considered today as the work by Dom Labadie, a religious conversant of the Congregation of Saint-Maur, helped by the abbot Prévost who would have reviewed and published this book. It is likely that the abbot only prepared and reviewed the edition of 1725.
It is said that Labadie, repenting himself for having written such a text, died while enjoining to burn all his writings.
What is certain is that this very sharp satire, directed against the Regent, had been inspired by a acrimonious license well displaced by the pen of a monk; the author had obviously obeyed to a feeling of personal hate." (Drujon, pp. 111-122)
The key of the understanding for this satirical book is given in the "Ducatiana" (Amsterdam 1738).
That key is written on the endleaves of our copy.
Second edition, the best, greatly expanded and the first illustrated edition.
Louis-Sébastien Mercier (1740-1814) disavows in his preface all the pirate editions published between the original edition of 1770 and the present edition.
"L'an 2440" is a novel of anticipation. The author imagines the world (France) 700 years in the future.
One of the 100 copies on Rives paper with the additional reproduction of two unpublished watercolors, and the suite in black of the illustration.
First edition illustrated by the illustrator Maurice W. Julhès (1896-1985, graduated of Fine Arts School, humorous cartoonist and very prolific).
The artist is mainly published in limited edition of bibliophile books, such as "Le Cure d'Azay-le-Rideau" by Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), and works by Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, Boris Vian, Paul Verlaine, etc ...
This work, humorous and even satirical, is a very eclectic work of the famous French novelist, known and recognized for these novels, more serious, which are part of the French pantheon of literature.
"The Cure of Azay-le-Rideau" tells the life of a good-living priest, enjoying the pleasures of life, with the charm of writing in old French.
The illustrations, in color and high quality, give life to this funny, irreverent character, who takes a crazy pleasure not to follow the rules.
First edition of study of Gérard de Nerval, of this novel first published in 1772.
This novel is considered as an precursor of the fantastic novel.
Good copy, decorated with a spine with romantic style ornamentation, and illustrated with the 200 drawings of Édouard de Beaumont.
"Les Silences du Colonel Bramble" is a novel written and published during one of the most difficult period of contemporary history, which is the First World War.
Its author André Maurois (whose real name is Emile S. W. Herzog), a pseudonym taken at the request of his French military hierarchy, was inspired by his encounters during the war. Since its publication, his work has been very successful in France, in the Anglo-Saxon countries, both with military and political authorities.
After the war, he became a novelist, biographer, storyteller and essayist known and recognized for his literary work.
First illustrated edition, with 15 engravings by Jean-Émile Laboureur, including a frontispiece, 12 in the text, one on the top of a page and one as a "cul-de-lamp". The style of the French illustrator and engraver is immediately recognizable by his pure, stylized and vibrant style and sens of reality.
This copy is one of the 400 copies numbered on vellum in the form of Papeteries d'Arches (n ° 369).
First edition, which was published especially by Octave Uzanne, for "les Bibliophiles indépendants". It is illustrated with 69 compositions of watercolors, by the artist Blanche Odin (1865-1957), one of the most talented watercolorists of the time. The delicacy of the drawings and the colors perfectly highlight the text of the author.
This edition features a series of illustrations, not watercolored, but printed in different colors.
This copy is one of the 200 that was drawn specifically for the attention of certain subscribers. It is number 168 and was intended for Mr. A. Herenger.
This book is an important collection of letters, which testifies not only of the literary genius of Charles Baudelaire, but also of the great friendships that linked him to the writers and artists of the time, such as Eugène Delacroix and Victor Hugo.
One of the rare (10?) copy on "Hollande paper", sacond paper after 6 on "Chine" paper.
"Romances sans paroles" is a short collection of poetry written by Paul Verlaine (1844-1896). The title is borrowed from a set of piano pieces by Felix Mendelssohn.
These poems are a complete break with the poetic aesthetics of the time.Verlaine is influenced by Rimbaud, by the musicality of the songs like the "ariettes" by Favart, the poetry of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, but also by the painting, notably by Impressionnism.
Very fine copy and one of the copies on "Japon" paper (No. 77), and illustrated by Charles Guérin.
Third edition, rare and not described by Cohen, illustrated with 22 small illustrations, and 22 "culs-de-lampe" by Eisen (20) and Marillier (2), engraved by Aliamet, Baquoy, and Binet.
This collection of poems is known and very appreciated for its very refined and delicate illustrations, made by Charles Eisen.It represent couples of lovers, in small romantic scenes, accompanied by little putti.
"Les Baisers, précédés du Mois de Mai, suivi de Imitations de plusieurs poètes latins" was written by Claude-Joseph Dorat (1734-1780) known as the "Knight Dorat". He was a poet, playwright and French writer, recognized of his time.
Fine copy, with the illustartions of Charles Eisen, including the famous frontispiece.
"The Faust" by Goethe (1749-1832) was inspired by Johann Georg Faust, a German alchemist of the 16th century. The author has been working on the theme of Faust for a long period of his life and "Faust" is considered as the most important work of German literature.
The story of this tormented figure was for the first time written for theater, by Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593, famous English playwright of the Elizabethan era, known especially for "The Tragic History of Dr. Faust"). It was written from a news item which will then became an universal myth.
This fine copy is the first edition illustrated by the known and recognized French illustrator of the nineteenth century, Tony Johannot (1803-1852). It is composed of all the expected illustrations engraved on Chinese paper laminated, and the portrait of Goethe on the frontispiece.
Copy researched and rare to find with a fine condition of the binding.(Carteret).
With this collection of poems, Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) explores the poetry of the "Hommage". The book is composed, as its title indicates it "Dedications", of 109 poems each dedicated to artists, friends, journalists and many acquaintances of the poet.
This very fine first printed wrappers edition, is completed with the engraving on the frontispiece, which represents the poet at the hospital smoking his pipe.
It was realized by Frédéric-Auguste Cazals, engraved on wood by Maurice Baud, and printed on "Japon" paper.
This copy is one of the 350 numbered copies on "vergé" paper (n° 159).
This first edition was not sold in bookshops but given directly from the publisher. Rare in it's original printed wrappers.
Plautus (of his Latin name Titus Maccius Plautus, circa 254 B.C. -184 B.C.) is one of the best-known and recognized Latin authors of Roman Antiquity during his lifetime .
And his fame has endured over the centuries; he influenced Skakespeare and Molière. He is known for being a comic playwright, and was influenced by Greek comic playwrights like Menander and Philemon, while keeping his writing typically Roman.
Texts such as "The Bacchids" or "The Breathtaking Soldier" are particularly tasty to read.
Very good series of the works of Plautus in ten volumes, including twenty illustrations off text and a foldind plate, translated by Mr. Gueudeville.
HOLBEIN, Hans || MONTAIGLON, Anatole de. L'alphabet de la Mort de Hans Holbein, entouré de bordures du XVIe siècle et suivi d'anciens poëmes français sur le sujet des trois mors et des trois vis, publié d'après les manuscrits par Anatole de Montaiglon.
Hans Holbein's Death Alphabet is a characteristic work of the Romantic era in France. It highlights the attraction for the maccabre, the Death and the esotericism within the erudite circles of the society.
It is prefaced by Anatole de Montaiglon (1824-1895, known for his many collections of poems).
This alphabet is a literary "curiosity" inspired by the famous German painter and engraver Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543). He is one of the most famous and recognized artists of his time, who worked for European courts, including the one of the British King Henry VIII, whose famous portrait was painted by him.
Here, are taken woodcuts created in 1526 by Holbein The Younger, called "Danse Macabre".
Each letter of this alphabet, particular in its form, is decorated and allows to present quotations related to the Death, in Latin, by great authors, followed by quatrains in French.
The purpose of these engravings on a subject as serious as Death is not to make fun of it, but on the contrary to take a distance, to be able to laugh at certain situations, etc.
First edition researched for the portrait of Foujita (1886-1968), of the author.
The artist is known and recognized for his work, which combines the Occident and Japanism, very popular at that time, during the "Roaring Twenties" of Paris. The district of Montparnasse becomes the cultural and intellectual heart of Paris. He knew a huge success during his lifetime.
Foujita and Kikou Yamata, who knew the same circles of artists and intellectuals, such as Jean Cocteau and Paul Valéry, met and became friends. They shared the same love for the Arts and Japan.
In 1926, Foujita realized a portrait of her friend, published three years later on the frontispiece of "Shizouka, a quiet princess".
This portrait, personal and intimate, created for a friend, is very representative of the work of Foujita, because of its delicacy and attention to detaisl. In addition, she is represented wearing a beautiful Kimono and in a posture in the Japanese tradition.Foujita pays tribute to her friend, but also to her origins.
Indeed, Kikou Yamata (1897-1975) is a Franco-Japanese writer, whose work is marked by Japan and its History, the Japanese Woman and the duality / complementarity of its origins.
In "Shizouka, tranquil princess", the author highlights the strong, cultivated Japanese woman, but also gentle and fragile: "Among these shirabyoshi, I chose the famous Shizouka, historical, romantic and tragic character. She embodies the psychology of Japanese feminity and love, Modesty, grace, talents, gentleness and courage, this ardor and restraint make her a courtesan of courtesy and a courtesan who knew two courses, the one of Kyoto the imperial and the one of Kamakura the warrior [...]. " p. 11.
One of the few 50 copies on Papier Montval (No. 7), first great paper, before 950 on Arches.
Frontispiece illustrated by a portrait of the author, realized from an engraving by Picasso.
This book is a collection of poems published during the Second World War, in hiding and under various pseudonyms.
This gathering of different poems reflect the commitment of Paul Eluard (1895-1952) against the war: "Un homme est mort qui n'avait pour défense / Que ses bras ouverts à la vie / Un homme est mort qui n'avait d'autre route / Que celle où l'on haît les fusils / Un homme est mort qui continue la lutte / Contre la mort contre l'oubli [...]" (first lines of the poem untitled "Gabriel Péri").
[LA BEAUMELLE, L. Anglivel de || VOLTAIRE || EULER, Leonhard & MAUPERTUIS & MERIAN]. Recueil de quatre ouvrages :
1. [LA BEAUMELLE, L. Anglivel de]. Lettre du czar Pierre à Mr de Voltaire sur son histoire de Russie. 1761. sn, sl
2. [LA BEAUMELLE, L. Anglivel de]. Réponse au supplément du siècle de Louis XIV, 1754, Colmar.
3. [VOLTAIRE, François-Marie- Arouet (dit)], Histoire abrégée des religions du monde, ou l'analyse de l'Encyclopédie de Voltaire, première partie, [Seconde partie,] 1770. Cramer, Genève
4. EULER, Leohnard & MAUPERTUIS & MERIAN. Lettres concernant le jugement de l'Académie Royale des sciences et belles-lettres de Prusse, Paris, chez Durand et Pissot, 1753.
First editions of these four book in one volume.
The two books "Lettre du czar Pierre à Mr de Voltaire sur son histoire de Russie" and "Réponse au supplément du siècle de Louis XIV" highlight a discord between two French intellectuals: Beaumelle (1726-1773) and Voltaire (1694 -1778).
The quarrel begins when La Beaumelle refuses to showt the letters from La Maintenon, which he owned, to Voltaire. Then follows a literary quarrel in which La Beaumelle undertakes to correct the errors of the following writings by Voltaire "Les Anecdotes sur le czar Pierre le Grand" and "l'Histoire de l'empire de Russie sous Pierre le Grand".
Then, La Beaumelle became "the enemy" of Voltaire and the two men can not be reconciled.
The third book is a condensed work written by Voltaire, in order to present his encyclopedia to be published later (it will be a major work). Voltaire explains his philosophical and theological reflections on God, idolatry, monotheistic and polytheistic religions.
This fourth book is related to a controversy between Maupertuis and König.
Indeed in 1744, Maupertuis exposes his "principle of the least action" which is an important principle of physics (according to which the dynamics of a physical quantity can be deduced from a single magnitude called action. Fundamental principles of physics can be formulated from this principle.).
In 1753, König publishes an article claiming the primacy of this discovery to Leibniz. Voltaire supports this version and will constantly ridicule Maupertuis, until breaking his privileged relationship with the King of Prussia, Frederic II who support Maupertuis.
This book contains the text of the letters by Euler, Merian and Maupertuis, defending the work of the latter. It mainly questioning the authenticity of a Leibniz's letter on which König relies on, quoting only extracts.
In fact, even if since the authenticity of the writing of Leibniz is recognized and that work on the subject had been conducted before by Fermat and Leibniz, the contribution of Maupertuis is decisive.
This principle was rigorously demonstrated by Lagrange in 1760.
This book is a satire of the political and gallant intrigues of the court of Louis XIV, in the form of false "Mémoires" (Persia becomes France and all the protagonists are named with oriental names). The key to the understanding is given at the end of the text.
In reality, this satirical book deals with the History of France and Europe from the death of Louis XIV to the reign of Louis XV.
It is also the first book, in which the story of the famous "Iron Mask" is mentionned.
Following the publication, the author was jailed in La Bastille.
Edition illustrated very nicely with 12 engravings by Desandré.
The text is entirely framed by historiated and floral illustrations of different colors by G. Fraipont.
It deals with the famous tales of our childhood:
- "The Sleeping Beauty",
- "Little Red Riding Hood",
- "The Puss in Boots",
- "Tom Thumb".
Rare first edition.
A key of the understanding is given by Barbier is hand-written on the last extra leaf of the volume.
This book is a pretty sharp satire about the dinners given at Marly.
Some anecdotes, mostly sexual, were gathering by Monnet.
We can notice that a part of the texte is a clear allusion to freemasonry, its rituals and its symbols.
Rare first edition.
This play is a vaudeville written by Maurice Hennequin (1863-1926) and Félix Duquesnel (1832-1915).
This four-act comedy was performed for the first time at the Théâtre du Vaudeville, on October 23rd, 1907.
Maurice Hennequin, a well-known French playwright, has created a new and specific style of vaudeville called the "Hennequinade". Several of his plays were very successful, such as "The Ribadier System", written in collaboration with Georges Feydeau.
Presentation copy, by the two playwrights to MM. Noblet, the main actor of the play whose role was the Comtet Max du Tilloy: a notre cher ami Noblet, deux auteurs profondément reconnaissants, Maurice Hennequin, Félix Duquesnel ".