GAUTIER, Théophile. ~ Poésies de Th. Gautier qui ne figureront pas dans ses oeuvres précédées d’une Autobiographie. Ornée d’un portrait singulier. ‘Paris: Imprimèrie particulière’ [but Brussels: Poulet-Malassis], 1873.
8vo (224 × 135 mm), pp. , ii, 81, , plus etched portrait and a double-page musical excerpt, both printed on chine. Uncut and mostly unopened in contemporary aubergine glazed wrappers. Upper joint split. Early bookseller’s label (De Meuleneere, Brussels).
First edition, one of 150 copies on Hollande (there were also 12 on Chine). A very scarce posthumous collection of Gautier’s risqué and political poetry not included in previous collections issued during his lifetime (he died in 1872). It includes the erotically-charged Musée secret, verses inspired by the voluptuous sculpture of Titian. The portrait, printed on chine, is an etched version of the famous lithograph by Benjamin Roubaud made in 1838 for the Panthéon charivarique. Pia 1151 (distinguishing two issues of this edition, on differing shades of hollande, no primacy determined). Whether 150 or 300 copies exist across the two issues is not discussed.