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BARNEY, Natalie Clifford (her copy); ROUVEYRE, André (illus.)

Mort de l'Amour.

Avec, en appendice, une prose de Jean Moréas.

Paris: Mercure de France, 1911 Stock Code: 145003
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First and only edition, inscribed on the half-title to the Amazon of Paris "à Natalie Clifford Barney, imperturbable, André Rouveyre"; number 928 of 1000 copies on papier d'Arches, from an edition limited to 1010 copies only. Rouveyre seems to have been liberal with his inscriptions, but this is a superb Parisian association.

The Paris-based American expatriate writer Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) was known as the "Amazon" of Paris, she was one of the most influential lesbian and feminist writers of the period. Her life inspired Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness, and her Paris salon at 20 rue Jacob was for 60 years the crucible of Left Bank culture (guests included Colette, Pierre Louÿs, Mata Hari, Auguste Rodin, Ezra Pound, Jean Cocteau, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rabindranath Tagore, Nancy Cunard, Peggy Guggenheim, Caresse and Harry Crosby, Sylvia Beach, and Isadora Duncan, to name but few). Barney promoted women's writing and formed an Académie des femmes in response to the all-male Académie française, while also supporting and inspiring male writers from Remy de Gourmont to Truman Capote. Rouveyre was a prolific newspaper caricaturist, a close friend of Apollinaire and Matisse, moving in some of the most interesting circles of Paris society (including Clifford Barney's salon), and developing his distinct and pioneering style, poised between minimalism and expressionism.

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Description

Quarto. Original folded wrappers, titles printed in black to front cover, untrimmed.

Illustrations

8 full-page wood-engraved illustrations by Paul-Eugène Vibert after Rouveyre.

Condition

Slight creasing and soiling to wrappers, otherwise sound, light offsetting to pages facing illustrations, else internally crisp; a near-fine copy.

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