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BARBIER, George; SCHWOB, Marcel.

Vies Imaginaires.

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Paris, Le Livre Contemporain, 1929

One of 120 copies created specially for members of Le Livre Contemporain under the direction of E. de Crauzat and A. Bertaut.

The work itself is a collection of 22 semi-biographical short stories about Petronius, Lucretius, Paolo Ucello, Pocahontas, and William Kidd among other historical figures, first published in the newspaper 'Le Journal' between 1894-95. Incorporating myth and fantasy with historical facts, they are considered among the first of the genre of biographical fiction. Jorge Luis Borges was extremely fond of Schwob's writing and publicly acknowledged that Vies Imaginaires influenced his book A Universal History of Infamy (1954).

Barbier's full-page plates are devoted to the subjects that interested him most. While preserving the settings and costumes of their times, he makes them all inhabitants of an elegant, ambiguous country in which conventional expectations are invariably disappointed. Of particular note are the frontispiece showing the muse of intimate history gazing into a a

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First edition, limited edition, one of 120 copies printed specially for members of 'Le Livre Contemporain', under the direction of E. de Crauzat and A. Bertaut, this copy being no.76 for G. Lehoucq; 60 pochoir illustrations after Barbier, wood engraved by Pierre Bouchet, 15 hors texte; loose in the original wrappers with fine pochoir illustration to upper cover, slight age toning to covers, contemporary gilt marbled slipcase and chemise, an excellent copy.


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