DUJARDIN, Édouard. ~ Les Hantises. Paris: Léon Vanier, 1886.
12mo (188 × 123 mm), pp. , 176, . Original parchment wrappers preserved in modern decorative cloth (silk, to a peacock design). Lightly browned, but otherwise excellent. Presentation to half-title. A lovely copy.
First edition, tirage de tête, number 5 of 35 copies on japon, inscribed to Dujardin’s first book, a collection of horror stories (’Hauntings’) written two years prior to his widely known Les Lauriers sont coupés (1888). Each tale has a separate dedication to major figures in the decadent/symbolist movements, including Rachilde, Redon, Huysmans and Villiers de l’Isle-Adam. Dujardin was a prolific writer and intimately connected with many of the major figures of French artistic life both before and after the turn of the century. He was a schoolfellow of Debussy and Dukas, a member of Mallarmé’s Monday salons and friends with Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Charles Conder, William Rothenstein and Victor Joze. Very scarce: Harvard, Texas, Vanderbilt and Australian National Library only outside Europe in Wordcat.