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129609
(NERVAL Gérard de, trans.) GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von.

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Préface de M. Frantz-Jourdain. Illustrations inédites de Gaston Jourdain.

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Published: Paris La Société de Propagation des Livres D'Art, 1904

Stock Code: 129609

£1,500
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

Limited edition, number 11 of 15 copies printed on japon with the plates in three states (printed in black on japon, bistre on chine, and blue). 15 copies were also printed on papier de chine, 40 on Watham paper, and 350 in a standard trade issue. Nerval's translation of Goethe's epic play was first published in 1828, Goethe commenting that "this French translation all seems again fresh, new, and spirited" (Oxenford, 3 January 1860). The dramatic illustrations accompanying this edition of the translation are by Pierre Gaston Jourdain, an illustrator who taught at the Lycée de Versailles, and the brother of the architect and art critic Frantz Jourdain. Fritz provided the preface to this edition, in which he discusses his brother's skill, and love of Goethe, describing him as "a madly enthusiastic artist of Goethe genius" (p. 11).

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Description

Quarto (280 x 216 mm). Near-contemporary green half morocco by Maurice Trinckvel, titles and motifs to spine in gilt, red morocco inlay to spine, green marbled paper sides and endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.

Illustrations

Text in French. Vignette title page printed in red and black in two states. With 16 plates in three states (printed in black on japon, blue on papier de chine, and bistre), a seventeenth plate solely in the blue state.

Condition

Spine faded to brown, rubbing to spine ends, slight fading to leather on sides, a couple of scuffs to sides, small bump to foot of front board, neatly repaired, wear to tips, small mark to gutter of front free endpaper and first blank; a very good copy.

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