RÉGNIER, Henri de. [JULLIEN, M. copyist and illuminator]. ~ [Poems. Paris, 1913].
Decorated manuscript, folio (330 × 235 mm), pp. 96, on thick wove paper, each leaf neatly mounted on paper guards. Text leaves with elaborate pen and wash borders, others filled with geometric decoration. Lightly browned throughout. Original smooth calf with elaborate pyrograph decoration in black with some red infill, panelled spine, gilt, inner gilt dentelles, decorated by Jullien. A handsome volume.
A superb art nouveau decorated poetry manuscript, copied and illuminated throughout by a M. Jullien with geometric designs inspired by Renaissance and Islamic tiles, in keeping with the Orientalist symbolism of the 56 poems by Henri de Régnier (1864-1936), a disciple of Mallarmé and one of the most significant French Symbolist poets. The binding is skilfully decorated by Jullien in pyrography. Although we are aware of other decorated manuscripts in his hand, almost nothing more is known of him.