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Paul Verlaine. [Texte de "Pierre et Paul", ie Paul Verlaine. Dessin d'Émile Cohl, pseud.]

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Paul Verlaine. [Texte de "Pierre et Paul", ie Paul Verlaine. Dessin d'Émile Cohl, pseud.]

by Verlaine, Paul, 1844-1896

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Paris: Librairie Vanier, 1885   ¶ FIRST EDITION of Verlaine's autobiographical sketch for Léon Vanier's series Les hommes d'aujourd'hui (1876-99), which was sort of the Biography Channel of its day. The text is greatly enriched here by Cohl's full-page caricature of Verlaine as a scowling imp, crouching and strumming a lyre while his left hand grasps an arrow shot through a heart: The Greek word anágke ("need", "anguish", "distress") is inscribed on his forehead, and his tail--which seems a bit too low--is labelled "DÉCADENCE". His books are stacked up behind him. (Series: Les hommes d'aujourd'hui, no. 244.)   ||| Collation: 290 x 199 mm: Two leaves, paginated [1-4] (ie, not paginated).  Illustration: Wood-engraved caricature 202 x 172 mm after "Émile Cohl" (ie, Émile Courtet, 1857-1938) by Ch. Decaux, signed in the block lower right and by Decaux lower left, printed in black and HAND-COLORED au pochoir, AS ISSUED.  Binding: (A bifolium loose as issued, never bound.)  Condition: One margin slightly dusty, another 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; Orsay/Abélès (1987) 60, no. 76; 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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Paul Verlaine. [Texte de "Pierre et Paul", ie Paul Verlaine. Dessin d'Émile Cohl, pseud.]
Verlaine, Paul, 1844-1896
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Verlaine Paul 1844 1896 Cohl Émile Emile Courtet 1857 1938 portrait-charge portraits-charges caricature caricatures Les hommes d\'aujourd\'hui volume vol 5 v number numéro numero no 244 Paris Librairie Léon Leon Vanier December d&eacu
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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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