18 November 2014
RICHEPIN, Jean (1849-1926). Latineries. Autograph manuscript signed (three times, ‘Jean Richepin’), in three series, each with title, epigraph and 13 numbered epigrams, marked up for the press in red pencil, 19 leaves, 8vo (approx. 219 x 115mm), rectos only, foliated in three series (one leaf neatly cut in two and repaired), mounted on guards and bound with six erotic engravings [by Frans De Geetere (1895-1968)], with an autograph letter signed by Richepin to an unidentified recipient (Chère madame & amie’) assuring her of his good health after a ‘prétendue catastrophe’, one page, 8vo, tipped in, black half morocco by Carayon.
Richepin’s immaculately piquant and restrained Latineries – latinate epigrams in the style of Martial on subjects as varied as ‘un sénateur’, ‘un faux vertueux’, ‘une maison close’ or ‘Sur les accidents de voiture’ -- are here pleasingly contrasted with de Geetere’s atmospheric and shadowy erotic engravings.
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Please note that the maker of the six prints bound with this manuscript is unknown, and may not be Frans De Geetere.
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