CHÉNIER, André Marie. ~ La jeune Tarentine. [France, March 1919].
Small 4to (205 × 145 mm). 9 leaves, manuscript in pencil and watercolour on paper, with 11 miniatures painted on vellum, mounted. Original silk and vellum covered boards. Expert repair to spine and edges.
A beguiling anonymous illustrated manuscript with painted miniatures on vellum. The text is a poem by French poet of Greek and Franco-Levantine origin, Chénier (1762-94) who perished under the guillotine during the Terror. Praised as a precursor of the Romantics, his work was rediscovered and published during the nineteeth century. His exotic subjects, coupled with his tragic end made him a favourite among devotees of the decadent.