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Signed book, First edition

Guillaume APOLLINAIRE Alcools. Poèmes 1898-1913


Alcools. Poèmes 1898-1913

Mercure de France, Paris 1913, 11,5x18,5cm, relié sous étui.

Alcools. Poèmes 1898-1913 [Alcools. Poems] Mercure de France, Paris 1913, 115 x 185 mm (4 1/2 x 7 1/4 ”), Bradel cloth, custom slipcase
First edition, a first impression copy numbered in the press, of which there were only 23 grand papier copies on Hollande paper (deluxe copies).
Flexible burnished black Bradel paper binding with floral motifs by P. Goy & Vilaine, purple morocco titlepiece, gilt date at foot of spine, endpapers and pastedowns of paper with floral and silver motifs, covers preserved.
A rare autograph inscription by Guillaume Apollinaire: “à Edouard Gazanion, son ami, Guillaume Apollinaire [to Edouard Gazanion, his friend Guillaume Apollinaire]”.
This copy also has seven pen and ink corrections by Apollinaire himself.
Edouard Gazanion, for his part, also inserted numerous punctuation marks in pencil and a textual correction matching the pre-published versions of some poems, which had previously appeared in the literary journal Phalange.
A poet from the Bohemian Montmartre scene at the turn of the century, a pillar of the Lapin Agile, a regular at the Bouscarat on the place du Tertre and the Bateau-Lavoir, Gazanion was by turns friendly or close to the poets, writers and painters of the Butte at the beginning of their careers, including Jacob, Mac Orlan, Dorgelès, Couté, Salmon, Picasso, Warnod, Marcoussis and Carco who liked his “Chansons pour celle qui n’est pas venue” [Songs for the Girl who did not Come] (Vers et Prose, 1910) and who often crashed at his when he was broke. His meeting with Apollinaire goes back to the Soleil d’Or, when the latter was reading his “Nuit Rhénane” for the first time – in 1903. Both poets, they kept in touch from then on. Gazanion stood out for his defense of Mamelles de Tirésias during the memorable scandal when it was staged.
With a frontispiece portrait of Apollinaire by Picasso.
A tiny angular lack to foot of first endpaper, bearing the inscription.
A good copy in an elegant signed binding, with a rare autograph inscription by Apollinaire.                                                  

20 000 €

Réf : 53972



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