February 17, 2011

"Voyage en Orient" by G. de Nerval : genesis of a publication

J.-P. Girault de Prangey - Banks of the Nile - Daguerreotype © BNF
In Voyage en Orient, Gérard de Nerval (1808-1855) put together ten years of experiences, views and impressions. In 1842, after a first certified hysteric crisis and a thwarted love, Nerval began a journey to the East and wants to give the impression of a serious enterprise. He enlisted the services of an Egyptologist, Th. de Fondrède. He took with him a full exploration equipment, products for daguerreotype and books to learn Arabic. His path took him to visit, among others, Alexandria, Cairo, Beirut, Constantinople, Malta. Nerval deflowered his manuscript in rare articles and garnished his purse in writing drama serials. From May 1846 to October 1847, he published "Scènes de la vie Orientale" in the renowned journal the Revue des Deux Mondes. The text is reprinted by Sartorius in 2 volumes, one in 1848  with the subtitle "Women of Cairo" and a second in 1850, "Women of Lebanon. "
In 1851 Nerval signed a contract with the publisher Charpentier : Voyage en Orient included the text published in La Revue des Deux Mondes, the double edition of Sartorius, an expanded version of "Les Nuits de Ramazan" first published in the journal  Le National, and an additional of eleven chapters to "Women of Cairo." Other variants and subsequent additions are made, especially in "Les Pyramides" and "L'Histoire de la reine du matin et de Soliman, prince des génies". Thus, after numerous revisions Voyage en Orient was born, the most successful work of Nerval in which one can fully discover the poetic, symbolist and mystic nature of the author.
(sources : Bibliographie des oeuvres de G. de Nerval par A. Marie, Guide du Biibliophile par M. Clouzot, Larousse).

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • NERVAL  (Gérard de). Voyage en Orient. Paris, Charpentier, 1851, 2 volumes in-12, half black sheepskin (binding from that time). First edition under this title. 

February 10, 2011

Léon-Paul Fargue, Parisian to the core

Leon-Paul Fargue (1876-1947), son of a dressmaker and an engineer who did not recognize him till adolescence, was a student of Mallarmé he later attended the literary salon, and had among his comrades at Henri IV High School , Alfred Jarry, a very close friend. Handsome young man, he led, like a Baudelaire, a bohemian life, valued for his humor and his sense of observation. His first collection Poèmes, published in 1905, showed his virtuosity and also his gravity (the belated recognition of his father and then his death had a strong influence on his work). In 1911, Tancrède, a poetic novel written years earlier, is published. Declared unfit f, Fargue did not do his service in First World War. He got close  with the Surrealists without joining the group. He founded with P. Valéry and (sources : wikipedia, association Léon-Paul Fargue)

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers L.-P. Fargue first editions : 
  • Haute Solitude. Paris, Éditions Emile-Paul Frères, collection l’Émilienne 1941, in-12, covers. One of the 20 copies on Hlland paper.
  • Pour la musique. Tancrède suivie de Ludions. Paris, Gallimard collection « Métamorphoses », 1943, in-12, covers.  One of the 2200 copies on Châtaignier paper. With an inscirption from the author to the critic and writer Marice Sailet. 
  • Méandres. Genève - Paris - Montréal, Éditions du Milieu du Monde, 1946, in-12, half brow morocco binding, covers. Limited to 145 copies, one of the 130 copies on  "volumineux blanc spécial".
  • Dîners de Lune. Paris, Gallimard, 1952, in-12, covers. One of the first 25 copies on Holland paper. 
  • Pour La Peinture. Paris, Gallimard, 1955, in-12, broché. One of the first 25 copies on Holland paper.

February 03, 2011

Di Rosa is free, says Ben

Hervé Di Rosa, born in Sète in 1959, was with his brother Richard Di Rosa, François Boisrond, Rémi Blanchard and Robert Combas one of the investigators of the french "Figuration Libre", a pictural movement of the eighties, offering an inhibited work often inspired by comics, rock and graffiti. In a monograph, published in 1983 and limited to 120 copies, Ben wrote a preface in the spirit of that time :
Di Rosa is free
- to have en erection on Wednesday at 11:30
- to tell a art seller "move along boy, you are standing in light"
- to shout I'm rich after selling his first painting
- to imitate his imitators
- to pee on a wall gallery
- to rink a glass of milk with grenadine
- to say "I'm Mandrax and you will see what you will see"
- to love scary movies
- to live naked in a oil boiler room
But, Di Rosa is not free not to blush when a girl says to him
I love you

Currently, the la librairie Loliée offers : 

  • [DI ROSA (Hervé)]. Di Rosa. Préface de Ben. Photos Louis Jammes. Paris, Le Dernier Terrain Vague, 1983, in-4, publisher's canvas binding. First edition with a 8 paged book printed in serigraphs  enhanced with original drawings in color by Hervé Di Rosa. Limited to 120 copies numbered and signed by the artist.  
(source : wikipedia)