RICTUS, Jéhan. Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, illustrator. ~ Les Soliloques du pauvre, édition revue, corrigée et augmentée de poèmes inédits. Illustrations par A. Steinlen Paris: [Philippe Renouard for] P. Sevin et E. Rey, 1903.
8vo (190 × 130 mm), pp. 256, . Uncut, original wrapper (including spine) preserved in slightly later marbled pale calf with slipcase. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
First edition with the Steinlen illustrations: a superb association copy belonging to Yvan Lamberty, Belgian bibliophile and friend of both author and illustrator. It contains: ink portraits of Lamberty and Rictus by Steinlen, two original photographs taken in Steinlen’s studio, a letter from Rictus to Lamberty, a letter from Steinlen to Lamberty and a manuscript note by Rictus with two ink drawings. Beloved by the decadents, Rictus was the poet laureate of Parisian lowlife. Soliloques du Pauvre first appeared in 1897.
Carteret IV, p. 342: ‘Édition à rechercher; elle contient de très belles illustrations de l’artiste’.