MORÉAS, Jean and Paul ADAM. ~ Le Thé chez Miranda. Paris: Tresse et Stock, 1886.
8vo (180 × 110 mm), pp. 214. Lightly browned. Later half morocco, bookplate of Edmund Gosse (by Edward Austin Abbey). Half-title with author’s inscription to Gosse, bound with a pencil sketch of Moréas and Verlaine signed ‘Dauphin Meunier 31.3.93’.
First edition, rare, inscribed by Moréas to Edmund Gosse, an important Symbolist novel. Greek-born Moréas who began as a Symbolist writer (he published a Symbolist manifesto in 1886 and was part of Le Chat Noir circle) and whose work was rooted in decadent aesthetics. Gosse met Moreas in Paris in 1893 during a week of absinthe drinking, presumably the occasion for the inscription here, and of the sketch by Dauphin Meunier of Moréas and Verlaine. He wrote to Heinemann on 6 April:
‘My week in Paris has been a great success, tho' quite unlike what I expected. We were mostly in the Latin Quarter, and I saw a great deal of the Symbolist poets. Mallarmé was ill, but all the rest, from Verlaine and Moréas downward, were on show, and they were extremely cordial to me’.