First edition, with author’s inscription to sculptor August Moreau.more...
An early collection by the French satirical poet, Tailhade who wrote with an anarchistic and anticlerical attitude. De Banville opens his preface: ‘Voici, lecteur, un des plus beaux et des plus curieux livres de poèmes qui aient été écrits depuis longtemps, un livre qui s’impose à ton attention, car il est bien de ce temps, de cette heure même...’.see full details
One of 650 copies on simili-Hollande (Total edition 695). A collection of five poems by Moréas, a Greek-born French writer, who first began writing in a Symbolist style, (publishing a Symbolist manifesto in 1886 and contributing to Le Chat Noir circle); his work was rooted in decadent aesthetics. From 1891 his work changed drastically, he concentrated instead on poetry with a classical style. Ériphyle is one of the first examples of this new style..see full details
First edition, rare, dedicated to René Ghil.more...
The first collection (and one of the most popular works) by American Symbolist poet Merrill, who wrote mainly in French and who had studied under Mallarmé (to whom the first poem here, ‘La Flûte’, is dedicated). Les Gammes received wide critical acclaim throughout Europe and was the work that launched his literary career..see full details
One of à petit nombre sur vergé blanc de Hollande. A translation of Milton’s sonnets L’Allegro, Il Penseroso and Lycidas, by Henry a French poet and translator, with an introduction by the English poet and author Gosse who lectured in English literature at Cambridge..see full details
Seven poems by the Symbolist poet, novelist and journalist Devoluy, his first published collection. Before his writing career the author was an engineer, but from 1888 he became associated with the Félibrige (a society promoting language and culture) alongside René Ghil. Devoluy was very interested in the study of language and history, becoming an important theorist of the Occitan language..see full details
First edition, one of 150 copies on Hollande (there were also 12 on Chine).more...
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..see full details
A collection of charming illustrations by Bianco (1906-1994) an English-born American child prodigy who came to light in the 1910s. In 1919, at the age of thirteen she exhibited work at a children’s show in Turin, then in London and New York. She later illustrated a children’s edition of Blake’s, Songs of Innocence in 1928 and her work appears in many American galleries and museums, including MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The accompanying verses are by René Chalupt..see full details
A superb decorated art nouveau manuscript, copied and entirely illuminated by a M.more...
Jullien with geometric designs inspired by Renaissance and Islamic tiles, entirely in keeping with the Orientalist symbolism of the 56 poems by Henri de Régnier (1864-1936), one of the most significant French Symbolist poets. The binding is decorated by Jullien in pyrography in a complementary style.see full details
‘A satirical poem on the amours of various members of the nobility’ (ESTC) or, as the Monthly Review succinctly put it: ‘Poetical smut. Rochester revived.’ A number of imitations and replies were elicited. It is early work by Perry (formerly ‘Pirie’, 1756–1821), a Scottish journalist recently arrived in London ‘to try to break into the literary world’ (Oxford DNB). By the end of his career he had become ‘one of the most notable journalists of the age when the newspaper press was becoming established as a force in the country’ (ibid.)
Studies of Gymnotus electricus by members of Royal Society and their correspondents had captured the imagination of the British public in unexpected ways. While the investigations of Walsh and Hunter made genuine discoveries into the nature of electricity (which culminated in the invention of Volta’s battery), contemporary wits and pamphleteers took advantage of the phallic connotations of the eel and its electrical properties to deride the sexual peregrinations of London society.
In this copy several of the printed lacunae have been filled in by a contemporary hand, identifying Lady Sarah Bunbury and Lady Grafton, among others, as devotees of the electrical eel..see full details
First edition, one of 170 copies, this one inscribed to poet Albert Saint-Paul.more...
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. .see full details
A French translation of Coleridge’s ‘Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’ by Larbaud a poet and translator who spoke six languages, including English, Italian and Spanish. He translated and helped popularise works by many of the most significant writers in English, including Walt Whitman, Samuel Butler, James Joyce and, of course, Coleridge..see full details
The first published essay by Montesquiou-Fezensac which studies the poetry of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, (1786-1859) one of the founders of French romantic poetry: her melancholy work admired for its grace and profound emotion. Montesquiou, celebrated aesthete, art collector and Symbolist poet is generally considered the inspiration for Jean des Esseintes in Huysmanns À Rebours..see full details
Number 117 of 300 copies on Rives S.P. Sonnets by Godoy (a Symbolist poet of Cuban origins), addressed to the legendary fictional libertine Don Juan. Godoy was a great admirer of Baudelaire, possessing many of his personal documents and memories and striving to write in (what he called) ‘the language of Baudelaire.’ His poetry has a rhythmical and musical quality..see full details
Ancient French extracts of the life of Saint Thomas of Canterbury (Thomas Becket), taken from a manuscript in the Goethals-Vercruysse collection, published by the Société des anciens textes Français, founded in Paris 1865. These extracts from the original manuscript are written in verse and edited by Meyer, a French philologist of the manuscript department of the Bibliothèque nationale from 1866 to 1872, also ranking as the chief authority of the French language in this era. This book also includes a series of 5 heliogravure plates showing samples from the original sheets..see full details
First edition, with a translation by Coellin.more...
Number 16 of 25 copies hors commerce. An otherwise unpublished poem by Michault, French poet of the fifteenth century, who also wrote Dance aux aveugles (1465) and Doctrinal du temps présent (1466). This edition includes a Flemish translation of the poem, and an introduction by the architect Jules Petit..see full details
First edition in book form, with an inscription by the author to the poet Albert-Jean.more...
The poem was intended as the prologue to the author’s La Pâque des roses, and was first published in the Mercure de France in June 1908. Lérys was a magistrate and poet who was a member of the Society of French Poets and a good friend of Francis Jammes. .see full details
First edition of this collection, sold ‘au profite des militants proletariens victimes de la bourgeoisie communiste’.more...
Poems by Pasternak who won the Nobel Peace prize in 1958, but declined it after enraging the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The title page states that he was on the blacklist of Soviet writers. The translation is by Armand Robin, a poet, translator and journalist, who is also described here as being ‘sur la liste noire’ of French writers. .see full details