La Maison sur le Nil ou Les Apparences de la Vertu.+ Ariane ou Le Chemin de la Paix Eternelle. TWO VOLUMES.

Louys, Pierre.

Book ID: 33130

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Folio. Two works in 2 volumes that were combined in a decorated slipcase, original decorated gilt and marbled calf binding by Charles Meunier for the editor, marbled end paper.10 watercolours by Paul Gervais for vol. I “La Maison sur le Nil” reprinted in colour, limited edition of 140 copies of which this one is one of the 125 copies printed on beautiful white velum paper and containing also the black china ink decomposition of the illustrations, added to at the end of the volume, a 4 pp. booklet advertising the forthcoming publication of the book.
- 10 water-colours by Rochegrosse for vol. II “Ariane” reprinted in colour, limited edition of 140 copies of which this one is one of the 125 copies printed on beautiful white velum paper and containing also the black china ink decomposition of the illustrations, added to at the end of the volume, a 4 pp. booklet advertising the forthcoming publication of the book. Printed for Charles Meunier, Maison du livre, Paris, 1904.

Synopsis

Pierre Félix Louis (1870-1925), also known as Pierre Louÿs, was a French poet and author. His pen names were Pierre Louis, Chrysis, Peter Lewys and Pibrac. He founded a literary review, La Conque in 1891, where works not only by Parnassian and symbolist literary role models were published, such as Mallarmé, Moréas, Leconte de Lisle or Verlaine, but also writings by young and still unknown poets such as Valéry, André Gide and Louÿs himself.
His first, small collection of poems, Astarté, appeared in 1891 in l’Art indépendent, followed by “Chrysis ou la cérémonie matinale” in 1893; Poésies de Méléagre, translated in 1893, “Lêda ou la louange des bienheureux ténèbres” in 1893, “La maison sur le Nil ou les Apparences de la Vertu” in 1894, “Scènes de la vie des courtisanes de Lucien de Samosate”, translated in 1894, and the same year “Les Chansons de Bilitis” which was his best-known work and a literary hoax. Effectively, Louÿs passed his own poems off as those of a contemporary of the Greek Sappho (died ca. 570 BCE).

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