“TO REMAIN UNTIL DEATH YOUR DOG WHO LOVES YOU, WHOM YOU MAY BEAT, AND WHO CARESSES YOU PASSIONATELY”: DAUDET’S SAPHO, WITH LOVELY COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS BY AUGUSTE LEROUX
DAUDET, Alphonse. Sapho. M?urs Parisiennes. Paris: Librairie des Amateurs, (1925). Large octavo, contemporary three-quarter brown crushed morocco, green and red morocco floral inlays on spine, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edge gilt; original printed paper wrappers and spine bound in. $500.
Beautifully illustrated edition of this beloved piece of French literature, number 524 of 1000 copies on Vélin d’Arches, with etched frontispiece portrait of Alphonse Daudet by Auguste Leroux, 15 lovely full-page hand-colored illustrations by Leroux, and 15 hand-colored vignette headpieces, tailpieces and initials. Handsomely bound, retaining the original wrappers, by René Aussourd.
First published in France in 1884, Daudet’s novel is “the history of two lovers whose relationship is continually broken off and renewed … For a time [Daudet] was a leading naturaliste, writing with the care for documentation typical of the movement, but his work comes alive by his gift for vivid, impressionistic description and because his naturalism never excluded the warm, poetic, fantasy-loving side of his character” (Harvey & Heseltine, 188). From a total edition of 1200 copies. Text in French.
Fine condition. A lovely illustrated volume.