18 November 2014
VAN MAELE, Martin (1863-1926) -- VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896). Oeuvres libres. Segovia [Paris]: Pablo de Herlagnez, 1868 [but before 1926].
Octavo (220 x 140 mm). Printed historiated initials and tail-pieces throughout. Extra-illustrated with three watercolours in the text, and eleven engravings all by Van Maele, one of the latter on paper watermarked 'MBM', most others on Arches paper some watermarked 'Perrigot'. (Edges lightly yellowed.) Contemporary red half morocco by Blanchetière, original drab card covers printed in black bound-in, top edge gilt (wrappers lightly soiled). Provenance: neat title inscription in purple ink.
EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS AND ENGRAVINGS BY VAN MAELE. This unique copy provides valuable new information on the publication date of this edition of Verlaine's major erotic works. Van Maele's watercolours appear on leaves integral to the text; the edition must therefore predate his death in 1926; previous scholarship dated this edition ca. 1930. The prints bound-in to accompany his drawings are from Van Maele's very rare series Trilogie érotique (1907). cf. Dutel 2092.
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