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Edmond de Goncourt. [Texte de Paul Verlaine. Dessin de Coll-Toc, pseud.]

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Edmond de Goncourt. [Texte de Paul Verlaine. Dessin de Coll-Toc, pseud.]

by Goncourt, Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de, 1822-1896.)  Verlaine, Paul, 1844-1896

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Paris: Librairie Vanier, 1886   ¶ FIRST EDITION, and in fact the only separate edition, of Verlaine's sketch of the elder Goncourt, novelist, diarist, and legendary testator whose famous will established the Prix Goncourt and gave heart to auctioneers everywhere: It is my wish, he wrote, that my drawings, my prints, my curiosities, my books--in short, these works of art which have been the delight of my life--shall not be consigned to the cold tomb of a museum and subjected to the stupid glance of the careless passerby. Instead I require that they should be dispersed under the auctioneer's hammer, so that the pleasure I have had in acquiring every one of them shall be given again, in every case, to some inheritor of my tastes.   ¶ Verlaine's essay is enlivened here by a striking full-page caricature of Goncourt in his library, listing his novels while six fat volumes of "Souvenirs" are strewn behind him: The bust over his shoulder represents his late brother and collaborator Jules de Goncourt (1830-1870). (Series: Les hommes d'aujourd'hui, no. 274.)   ||| Collation: 291 x 199 mm: Two leaves, paginated [1-4] (ie, not paginated).  Illustration: Wood-engraved caricature 198 x 153 mm after "Coll-Toc" (ie, Collignon and Tocqueville) by Rougeron-Vignerot, signed in the block lower left and by Rougeron-Vignerot lower right, printed in black and HAND-COLORED au pochoir, AS ISSUED.  Binding: (A bifolium loose as issued, never bound.)  Condition: Slightly foxed, withal A FINE COPY of a scarce and fragile pamphlet.  References: Vicaire vii 1002; Carteret ii 425; Montel 127; Van Bever 32, 116; Verlaine/Borel (1992-93) ii 1344-46, 1503; Fischer/Galantaris 63n.   ||| For further details please contact Jay Dillon  Rare Books + Manuscripts, as below. .


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Edmond de Goncourt. [Texte de Paul Verlaine. Dessin de Coll-Toc, pseud.]
Goncourt, Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de, 1822-1896.)  Verlaine, Paul, 1844-1896
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Goncourt Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de 1822 1896 Verlaine Paul 1844 1896 Coll-Toc Collignon Tocqueville portrait-charge portraits-charges caricature caricatures Les hommes d\'aujourd\'hui volume vol 6 vi number numéro numero no 274 Paris Librairie L
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Jay Dillon Rare Books + Manuscripts is a private, research-intensive rare-book dealer of forty years' experience in and around New York, specialized in exceptional books, manuscripts, and cultural property. Jay Dillon has been responsible for selling or appraising more than $100 million worth of books and manuscripts spanning some three thousand years. In 1989 Jay Dillon was the editor and principal author of a richly annotated catalogue that was hailed in the English press as one of the ten best books -- of any kind -- published that year. In 1994 he was invited to narrate the Discovery Channel program on the history of monopoly; and four years later he was consulted by the Zapruder family in connection with their famous film of the assassination of President Kennedy -- which, as it turned out, Mr Dillon valued more accurately than any other appraiser. The firm maintains a wide and productive network of relationships both among private collectors and in the trade; and we are currently engaged in building a number of outstanding private collections for our clients. Books and manuscripts offered to the public are mainly duplicates from our clients' libraries, or otherwise surplus to their needs. Our appraisal services include formal appraisals for insurance, estate-settlement, and tax purposes. For details please contact


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