Contes. Hyalis. Rovère et Angisèle—Xanthis. Divine bontemps. by SAMAIN, Albert.…

Contes. Hyalis. Rovère et Angisèle—Xanthis. Divine bontemps. by SAMAIN, Albert. Louis Edouard FOURNIER, illustrator.

~ Contes. Hyalis. Rovère et Angisèle—Xanthis. Divine bontemps. Paris: [Imprimerie nationale] ‘aux frais du Dr. Émile Goubert’, 1908.

4to (330 × 250 mm), pp. [10], 159, [5], etched portrait and 35 plates/illustrations, each one present in second state, without letters on fine paper. Loose as issue in the original wrappers with slipcase. Bookplate of print collector Léon Comar. A fine copy. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).

One of 150 copies, number one of the ‘tirage spécial’ of 20 copies on vélin d’arches for the Société les XX, with recipient’s name entered in manuscrit. With the suite of 35 additional impressions of the illustrations. Samain’s symbolist poetry, heavily influenced by Baudelaire, had found favour with the Char Noir circle. Though he died of tuberculosis in 1900, his works were republished several times in the following years. Illustrator Fournier, is best known for his large frescoes for the decoration of the Grand Palais in Paris and for his mosaic friezes. Carteret IV, 356: ‘Édition estimée’.

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