RETTÉ, Adolphe. Émile-H. MEYER, illustrator. ~ Cloches en la nuit. Paris: [A.-M Beaudelot] for Léon Vanier, 1889.
4to (182 × 235 mm), pp. 92, , plus an engraved frontispiece. Original wrappers with gilt bell to upper cover.Presentation inscription to half-title (to Albert St Paul, undated). An excellent copy.
First edition, with author’s inscription and an engraving by the French painter and printmaker Meyer. Large paper copy, one of 170). A collection of verses and Retté’s first published work. He was an interesting figure, beginning his literary career writing in a Symbolist style and participating in the decadent movement. His legendary Thulé de Brumes (1892) was a recollection of a supposed hallucination he experienced whilst under the influence of drugs. However from the early 1900’s he converted to Catholicism and renounced his previous works, dedicating himself to writing religiously: he published Diable à Dieu (1907) a book relaying the experience of his conversion.