Ode a la France.
Traduit par Léon Bazalgette.Paris: [François Bernouard] A La Belle Edition, 1917 Stock Code: 140650
First separate edition, first printing, one of 556 copies only, of this translation of Whitman's poem "O Star of France" dated 1870-71, which was first published in Leaves of Grass. Combet-Descombes's illustrations evoke the landscapes of the war-torn country after the Franco-Prussian War of July 1870 - May 1871, which marked the end of French hegemony in continental Europe and resulted in the creation of a unified Germany.
Oblong quarto, pp. . Original wrappers, pictorial woodcut design of a ship at sea in grey on the front cover, bound with black silk ribbon, untrimmed.
11 wood engraved illustrations in grey by Paul [Pierre] Combet-Descombe, including the front cover illustration, text printed in blue.
Slight toning and foxing to wrappers, occasional faint finger-soiling, else a very good copy indeed.
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