September 24, 2008

Death on the Installment Plan, in its unexpurgated version

Céline begins to write in 1932 Death on the Installment Plan, his second and autobiographical novel. But the book is not published by Denoël until 1936. The redaction is laborious. After Journey to the End of The Night, Céline cleans his style, focuses on rhythm. He describes, in a chaotic and burlesque tone, his childhood memories in a family torn apart. The violence of the book pushes Denoël to released a bowdlerized version, without the passages judged detrimental for decency. Only the edition "off trade", a total of 117 copies, provides the full text. The release of the novel is not successful and is even criticized by supporters of Journey to the End of The Night.
Yet it is with Death on the Installment Plan that borns this special and typical technique of the author, made up of short sentences, where punctuation, between exclamation and suspension, give the pace.
(source :

Currently , The Librairie Loliée offers :
  • Céline (Louis-Ferdinand). Mort à crédit (Death on the Installment Plan). Paris, Denoël et Steele, 1936, in-8, bounded in a full purple levant (Huser). One of the 22 first copies, off trade, on Japan paper. This copy contains an autograph page of the novel's manuscript, with erasures and corrections.

September 17, 2008

Alain Jacquet and fragmentation

"... the point for Jacquet is not at all the geometrical or Euclidean phenomenon, that is to say the intersection of two lines, with the limited side it can involved, but is just the possibility of all fragments, from the basic element which itself is fragmented by nature, and I think that is rather capital. "
Pierre Restany, 31 March 1971 (excerpt from an interview recorded at the Galerie Bonnier).

The work of Alain Jacquet, who died in September, is focused on the concept of fragmentation, of point and reflects the plastic and aesthetic innovations of contemporary art (serigraphs, camouflage paintings as the famous reinterpretation of Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe de Manet) .

See the tribute to the artist written by his friend Catherine Millet.

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers:
  • JACQUET (Alain). Silver Marble. Genève, Galerie Bonnier, 1971, in-folio, in leaves, silvered paper cardboard. First edition of this portfolio including 4 original serigraphs by Alain Jacquet and publsihed for the execution of "the Siver Marble : the Geneva Project", a canvas of 144 square meters installed on the facade of a building in Geneva.

September 12, 2008

Suares, an author in the shadow

Admired by his peers André Gide, Paul Valery and Paul Claudel, with whom he founded the Nouvelle Revue Française, influential model for Alain-Fournier or Stefan Zweig, Suarès remained in the shadow of his contemporaries despite a provided work. Were published not less than eighty books during his lifetime and thirty posthumous works. Collection of poems (Airs, Bouclier du Zodiaque), biographies devoted, among others, to Tolstoy, Ibsen, Baudelaire, Napoleon, travel journals including Le Voyage du Condottiere, essential reference on Italy, studies on great musicians as Bach, Wagner and Debussy, tragedies inspired by ancient authors, thoughts and aphorisms as Voici l'Homme, pamphlets with Vues d'Europe in which he denounced in 1933 the dangers of Nazism ...
Suarès is a prolific author who has dealt with disparate areas. Perhaps it is this variety which has troubled his image among the general public and impaired a visibility he deserves.
(sources : wikipedia, msn encarta).

"Suarès died destitute and forgotten, after writing on Retz, Tolstoy, Napoleon, in a incomparable way, which proves a breathing equal to that of genius".
Roger Nimier in L'élève d'Aristote (Paris, Gallimard, 1981)

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
- Suarès(André). Airs. V livres de poèmes. Paris, Mercure de France, 1900, in-12. First Edition.
- Suarès(André). Lais et Sônes. Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Occident, 1909, in-12.
First Edition. One of the 133 copies on Arches paper.
Suarès(André). Xénies. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1923, in-12.
First Edition. One of the 15 copies on Japan paper.
Suarès(André). Poète tragique. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1923, in-12.
First Edition. Copy on Lafuma paper with a hand-written dedication.
Essay on
Shakespeare's Prospero.
Suarès(André). Présences. Paris, Emile-Paul Frères, 1926, in-12, bounded. First Edition. One of the 100 copies on Dutch paper.