Paris: Albin Michel . 1st Edition. Soft cover. The first edition of this novel, one of an unknown number of large paper copies, warmly inscribed by the author on endpaper. Very good in original orange wrappers, covers lightly worn. Uncommon. Place 24. Philippe Jullian writes that the novel "is one of the most laughably odd books ever written." Montesquiou portrays himself in the guise of an English governess to whom he attributes the hoaxes of his youth. The novel was penned while he passed a somber holiday at his family home in the south of France,
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[Paris]: (1907) 303pp. An elaborate tribute to Gabriel de Yturri, the author's longtime lover and friend. The eccentric dandy and Yturri were at the center of the beaux monde in Paris during the closing years of the 19th century, portrayed by Proust, as well as numerous others. This tribute contains essays and poems by de Montesquiou, as well as a frontispiece of Yturri and a gravure of his headstone. One of only 100 copies issued, this is number 3. Very good in original wrappers, small stain to cover, pages uncut. An uncommon and important record of this collaboration.
Paris: Charpentier et Fasquelle (1896) 418pp. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Uncommon book of poetry by the French aesthete and Proustian character. Original cover illustration designed by Paul Helleu. Very good in original wrappers, very slight wear, bound in blue linen boards with spine label, light wear to covers.
Paris: Charpentier et Fasquelle (1896) 418pp. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Uncommon book of poetry by the French aesthete and Proustian character. Original cover illustration designed by Paul Helleu. Very good in original wrappers, very slight wear, bound in blue linen boards with spine label, light wear to covers.
Paris: Gazette des Beaux Art (1901). 4to. 16pp. An illustrated essay by Montesquiou on the French painter that appeared in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts in February of 1901. The essay brought new attention to the artist and Montesquiou wrote about him in future years, as well. See Bertrand, Les curiosités esthé tiques de Robert de Montesquiou @339-42. Very good in original wrappers, slightly browned, bound in decorative boards, several small abrasions to spine. Uncommon.
Paris: Goupil (1913). 247pp. Montesquiou's lavish hommage to the Comtesse de Castiglione, with whom he maintained a lifelong fascination. Castiglione, the flamboyant Italian courtesan who was mistress to Emperor Napoleon III of France, was the most photographed woman of her age and the subject of much controversy for her role as an agent in several court intrigues. It is reported that she only appeared at night in her declining years, spending her days inside her Place Vendôme apartment, from which all mirrors were banned. One of 25 special copies on Japon (VI), original wrappers present, bound in a full morocco binding by Durvand, top edge gilt, raised bands, gilt design on cover, watered silk endpapers, slipcased.. A beautiful copy, light wear to edges.