Cloches en la nuit. by RETTÉ, Adolphe. Émile-H. MEYER, illustrator.

Cloches en la nuit. by RETTÉ, Adolphe. Émile-H. MEYER, illustrator.

~ Cloches en la nuit. Paris: [A.-M Beaudelot] for Léon Vanier, 1889.

4to (182 × 235 mm), pp. 92, [4], plus an engraved frontispiece. Original wrappers with gilt bell to upper cover. Presentation inscription to half-title (to Albert Saint-Paul, undated). An excellent copy.

First edition, one of 170 copies, this one inscribed to poet Albert Saint-Paul. A collection of verses and Retté’s first published work. He was an interesting figure, beginning his literary career writing in a Symbolist style and participating in the decadent movement. His legendary Thulé de Brumes (1892) was a recollection of a hallucination he experienced under the influence of drugs. However from the early 1900’s he converted to Catholicism and renounced his previous works, dedicating himself to writing religiously: he published Diable à Dieu (1907), a book relaying the experience of his conversion.

Keywords: french, literature, poetry
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