January 22, 2009

André Pieyre de Mandiargues

André Pieyre de Mandiargues left a rich and varied work : poems, short stories, novels, plays, essays, interviews, but also prefaces and translations of his friends works. After the publication of his novel La Motyclette and the Prix Goncourt for La Marge in 1967, Mandiargues reached at last notoriety. His fictional universe combines a discrete lyricism with an erotic and baroque imagination, particularly influenced by the reading of German romantics and Elizabethan poetry. Close to surrealists, Mandiargues joined the group after his encounter with André Breton in 1947. However, he maintained a distance with the movement, and always kept a precious and sometimes affected writing which defines his distinguished style.

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers as first editions of André Pieyre de Mandiargues :
  • Les Incongruités Monumentales. Paris, Robert Laffont, 1948, in-4. Copie on Alfa paper.
  • Soleil des Loups. Paris, Robert Laffont, 1951, in-12. One of the 30 copies on Corvol paper.
  • Le Lis de Mer. Paris, Laffont, 1956, in-12, box binding by Honnelaitre. One of the 30 copies on Corvol paper.
  • Feu de Braise. Paris, Bernard Grasset, 1959, large in-12. One of the 52 first copies on Montval paper.
  • La Marge. Paris, N.R.F., 1967, in-8, binding by M. de Bellefroid. One of the first 40 copies on Holland paper . Prix Goncourt 1967.
  • Mascarets. Paris, Gallimard, 1971, in-8. One of the first 42 copies on Holland paper.