‘MIKHAËL, Ephraïm’, pseudonym of Ephraïm-Georges MICHEL. Paul GERVAIS, illustrator. ~ Halyartès, poème en prose. Paris: [Philippe Renouard for the], Société du livre d’art, 1904.
Large 8vo (280 × 200 mm), pp. , 30, . 13 etched illustrations, coloured by hand ‘à la poupée’, additional monochrome suite bound at the end. Original wrappers (slightly dusty and creased, but a very good copy). From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
One of 100 copies on vélin d’Arches, with the additional suite in monochrome, very scarce. The jewel-like illustrations are finely inked ‘à la poupée’: that is, with several coloured inks applied by hand to portions of the same copper plate before overprinting on the monochrome impressions. Mickhaël (1866-1890) was a symbolist poet from a Jewish family in Toulouse, a frequenter in Paris of the ‘mardis de Mallarmé’. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 23.
Carteret IV, p. 281: ‘Belle édition recherchée et cotée’.