March 26, 2008

A poem like two drops of rain

"Réduites dans vos secrets
Etrangères délaissées
Mes lointaines compagnes
Aux chairs sentimentales
Belles à peine belles mais toujours belles
Plus simples que le malheur
Plus précieuses que la beauté
De vos lèvres abattues
De votre sourire effondré
Vous me confiez vos poisons
O mithridatisées

Et j'oppose à l'amour
Des images toutes faites
Au lieu d'images à faire."
Quote - Comme deux gouttes d'eau (literally "like two drops of rain")
by Paul Eluard

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • Eluard (Paul). Comme Deux Gouttes d'Eau. Poème. Paris, Editions Surréalistes, 1933, thin in-12. First edition limited to 175 copies on green paper. Rare.

March 19, 2008

Sand : Story of my Life

Histoire de ma vie (Story of My life) is the main autobiographical work of George Sand. It is regarded as a work founder of the genre, with Les Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau or Les Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe by Chateaubriand. George Sand draws in the correspondence of his parents to feed family portraits. Sometimes unscrupulous with dates, she focuses on her impressions, her feelings. She militates for gender equality.
Begun in April 1847, Histoire de ma vie first appears in 138 numbers from October 1854 to August 1855. The book is published the same year in 20 volumes by the editor Victor Lecou and then, in 1856, by Levy in ten volumes in-12.
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Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • Sand (George). Histoire de ma vie. Paris, Michel Lévy, 1856, 10 volumes in-12, bound in violet half-leathe (binding from the period).

March 12, 2008

Doisneau - Renault - 1988

On the occasion of an exhibition of photographs by Robert Doisneau (November 16, 1988 - January 22, 1989) was published a catalogue distinctive by its format in-12 and its unique and large case formed by two Renault red iron plates collated by five bolts. The diamond-shaped symbol of the French car company is laid on each plate with the name of the photographer. With the reproduced photographs now cults is proposed an interview in which Doisneau recalls those pictures : "Renault was for me the true beginning of my career as a photographer and the end of my youth".

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :

  • Doisneau (Robert). Renault. Paris, Hazan, 1988, in-12. Folder of red iron with a logo reproducing the one of Renault but mentioning the name of the photographer. Text and pictures by Robert Doisneau.

March 05, 2008

Pegasus (Survage)

After a post regarding Le Cheval by Tolstoy, here Pegasus, "the Source" in Greek and a traditional symbol of poetic inspiration. This book, published under the aegis of the New Parisian Circle, brings together a set of poems by Jean Cocteau selected from Renaud and Armide, Neiges, Plain-chants, Cherchez Apollon. Each poem is illustrated by the painter native to Russia Leopold Survage who builds, in ten engravings, a mighty and elegant Pegasus.
The preface, a first edition, is one of the last pieces wrote by the author. At the end of the book, one can read this poignant note: "L'idée de ce livre réunissant sous le thème de Pégase des poèmes de Jean Cocteau illustrés par Léopold Survage avait été soumise au poète et lui avait plu. Quelques jours avant sa mort il nous invita à Milly-la-Forêt pour nous remettre les textes et la préface qu'il avait spécialement écrite mais au jour de notre rendez-vous, il n'était plus là."

Currently, la librairie Loliée offers :
  • Survage (Léopold) - Cocteau (Jean). Pégase. Paris, Nouveau Cercle Parisien du Livre, 1965, in-folio, casing. Limited edition to 170 copies on vellum paper. 10 orginal engravings by Survage.