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Conférence Olivaint. Mark Twain. by  Henri Gauthier-Villars - 1884 - from Black Dog Rare Books (SKU: 52)

Conférence Olivaint. Mark Twain.

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Conférence Olivaint. Mark Twain.

by Gauthier-Villars, Henri

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Ca. 23 x 14 cm. VI, 111, [1 blank] pp. Contemporary green cloth, leather title label, lovely marbled endpapers; original wrappers bound in, untrimmed, preserving deckle edges. Bound by Victor Champs (1844-1912) with his stamped signature on the back of the first free endpaper. The binding with some very light wear, otherwise in fine condition.

The first full book on Mark Twain, written by Henri Gauthier-Villars (1859-1931), author, music-critic and future husband of literary star Colette.

Gauthier-Villars, perhaps better known as Willy, his nome-de-plume, had first presented his monograph as a paper read at the literary society Conférence Olivaint, a very influential catholic student society.

This copy comes from the library of the author, as is evident from an inscription on the half-title: "Quand j'étais petit, je n'étais pas grand. Je montrai ma verve á tous les passages. 1898 (quatorze ans après!)". This suggests that Gauthier-Villars had this copy bound in 1898, 14 years after the publication of his lecture, as a testament of his youthful verve.

It was bound by Victor Champs (1844-1912), an acclaimed Paris binder, whose works is cherished by bibliophiles and collectors alike.

Harrington & Jenn, Mark Twain & France, pp. 141-142; for the binder: Fléty, Dictionnaire des relieurs -français, p. 41.


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Dedicated to the weird and wonderful, Black Dog Rare Books was established in December 2018 by Steven de Joode. Based in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, we offer quirky, unusual, interesting and rare books and ephemera from four centuries.Steven has a BA (Hons.) in German and an MA (Hons.) in Book and Manuscript Studies (University of Amsterdam). Having worked as a bibliographer at the National Library of the Netherlands and as a cataloger and dealer at Antiquariaat Forum, Steven has broad experience in the world of rare books.If you have any queries, wants or comments, please get in touch.


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