Les Chauves-Souris: Clairs obscurs. Robert de MONTESQUIOU.

Les Chauves-Souris: Clairs obscurs

Paris: Printed for the author (1892). 4to. 493pp.

Item #8530

The author's first publication, a collection of symbolist verse, which, according to the author "undoubtedly...contains the most of myself." Montesquiou adopted the bat as his personal symbol and used images of bats in correspondence and writings throughout his life; he reputedly kept a bat as a pet in a lacquer cage in his first Paris apartment. This is the first edition, limited to 100 copies, with shimmering silver gray silk lined boards and yellow silk endpapers with a design of flying bats, crescent moons and stars. James Whistler, upon receiving his copy of the book, noted "The beautiful volume has reached us!- and seems to us more marvelous than ever." "The pale blue silk of the cover...recalled the colour of one of Whistler's Nocturnes, according to Rodenbach, who in Le Figaro gushed over this 'magnificent edition' of the poems written be Montesquiou, this 'gentleman of letters, ' devotee of beautification in all areas of life." ( See Silverman, The New Bibliopolis: French Book Collectors and the Culture of Print, 1880-1914, pp. 159-164).
A good copy, the cover silk is a bit tattered and worn, wear and browning to foredge, top edge gilt.

Price: $2,400.00

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