July 30, 2010

Annual Closing

Dear readers,
The bookshop will be closed from August, 02 to August, 15.
See you for the reopening.

July 15, 2010

Félicien Marceau : a handyman writer

Real named Louis Carette, Félicien Marceau was born in 1913 near Brussels. From 1936-1942, he worked at the National Institute of Broadcasting. At the end of the war, he is criticized and accused of being too complacent with German occupants. Louis Carette then went into exile in Italy before settling in Paris. He changed his name and adopted the French nationality. It is in the french capital that his literary career really began. Author of novels, essays, plays, screenplays, Félicien Marceau has won numerous literary awards including the Goncourt in 1969 for his novel Creezy, adapted for the screen by Pierre Granier-Deferre . Félicien Marceau is distinguishable for his clear-cut "as a scalpel" writing and a look at once ironic and tender on human nature. In 1975, he is received at the French Academy.
(sources : wikipedia, fan-de-cinema.com).

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • Les Années Courtes. Paris, Gallimard, 1968, in-8, covers. First edition. One of the 60 copies on Lafuma-Navarre velum paper, only deluxe edition.
  • Creezy. Paris, Gallimard, 1969, in-12, covers. First edition. One of the 50 copies on Lafuma-Navarre velum paper, only deluxe edition. Prix Goncourt 1969.
  • Le Corps de mon ennemi. Paris, Gallimard, 1975, in-8, covers. First edition. One of the 35 copies on Lafuma-Navarre velum paper, only deluxe edition.

July 01, 2010

Raffaëlli and Mallarmé "Guys"

French painter of Italian origin, Jean Francois Raffaelli (1850-1924) who studied with Jean-Léon Gerôme at the School of Fine Arts, began his career at the Salon in 1870. In 1884, he got his own exhibition on the theme of scavengers and petit bourgeois. He used to visit the "grenier" of Auteuil, a town house where Edmond de Goncourt continued to receive authors and artists after the decease of his brother. In 1888, Raffaëlli offered to Stéphane Mallarmé to collaborate on Les Types de Paris (Guys of Paris), a collection he illustrated. He sent his work to Mallarmé who wrote then in regard of the drawings. The poems were published for the first time in the issue n°7 under the title "Types de la rue" (Street guys). A total of 22 authors among whom Daudet, Zola, Maupassant, Huysmans, Mirbeau, participated in this project realased by Les Editions du Figaro.

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers:
  • [Raffaëlli (J.-F.)] - Collectif. Les Types de Paris. Paris, Plon, Nourrit et Cie, 1889, in-4, 10 booklets in-4, case. First edition. Many in text drawings, some in colors, by Raffaëlli. Delivery issues in perfect condition.