The 15 May sale comprises an attractive collection of 16th to 18th century rare books, in precious contemporary bindings, such as La Bruyère’s Caractères in contemporary red morocco with a courtly financier’s coat of arms, Rousseau’s works in citrus morocco, Molière, Racine, Chateaubriand, and other famous authors works in rare conditions, as well as a colored copy of Ortelius’ 1584 Theatrum orbis terrarium, a colored copy in a contempory pigskin binding of Gessner’s 1581 Vogelbuch, and 18th century Livres de fêtes.
Unusual and charismatic lots comprise a photograph of Verlaine in the year he meets Rimbaud, the only copy known of this portrait shot by Carjat, probably destroyed by the photographer together with the shots he made of Rimbaud the day following their fall out in January 1872 (20 000-30 000€), as well as an impressive ensemble of 92 haunting drawings by Orson Welles elaborating in 1962 the stage settings for K, after Franz Kafka’s The trial (est. 30 000-50 000€), and socialist François Mitterrand’s discarded tentative draft on 8 May 1981, searching for his first public words to thank the country for his presidential victory (20 000-30 000€).
The sale gathers an exceptional set around Guillaume Apollinaire, with in particular one of the twenty-five copies of Case d’Armons, uncut, inscribed by Sergeant
Guillaume Apollinaire dated June 20th, 1915 ( name of the dedicatee cut) (100.000 – 150.000 €). To this mythical work is added a set of autographs letters written from the front by the poet to his friend André Level between July 26th, 1914 and June 1916 including the famous letter dated March 19th, 1916 telling his head wound caused the 17th (150.000 – 250.000€), two autographs letters signed to Lou dated January 1914 and May 22d, 1915, numerous autographs manuscripts and inscribed works. Paul Verlaine also holds an important position in this sale with Carjat’s unique proof of his portrait, a set of five autographs poems accompanied of letters to Pierre Dauze (20.000 – 30.000€), the file of his divorce from Mathilde Mauté de Fleurville (10.000 – 15.000€) as well as the famous letter from Mallarmé dated December 20th, 1966 about Poèmes Saturniens (12.000 – 18.000€). In the catalog will be present the greatest of the 19th century’s French literature: Balzac, Hugo, Flaubert, Mallarmé and Rimbaud.