Jules LAFORGUE.

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Jules LAFORGUE.
Legendary moralities. With an etched portrait of the author by Emile Laforgue. Paris, Librairie de la Revue Indépendante, 1887.
Small in-8 : red jansenist morocco, spine ribbed, four gilt fillets inside, red silk lining and endpapers, gilt edges on witnesses, cover preserved (Huser).
First edition, printed at 420 copies on wove paper.
It is decorated with a frontispiece portrait of the author engraved in etching by Emile Laforgue.
One of the first 20 copies on large French vellum, with the portrait in double state (no. 18).
Important collection of six stories published by Édouard Dujardin, a few weeks after the death of Jules Laforgue from phthisis in August 1887. These texts had first appeared in the Vogue, except for Pan et la Syrinx, published by the Revue indépendante.
An autograph letter signed by Jules Laforgue, addressed on January 19, 1887 to Édouard Dujardin, has been bound in at the head of the volume.
He proposes to deposit with him the manuscript of a volume of prose that he wishes to submit to him; "a volume composed of seven short stories, five of which appeared in the Vogue, and entitled Petites
Moralités légendaires."
A fine copy, with full margins.
Ex-libris of the libraries of Raoul Simonson and Louis de Sadeleer: a fine provenance of the two most famous Belgian collectors of literary first editions.
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