This edition was printed in small numbers and not for sale. “tirée à petit nombre et non mise dans le commerce.”
Pierre Louÿs was born in Ghent in 1870 to a Champagne family, who had taken refuge in Belgium because of the German advance. He studied at the École Alsacienne where he was a classmate of André Gide.
He was a close friend of Debussy and Oscar Wild and he became a very well known French poet and writer. He was made first a Chevalier and then an Officer of the Légion d’honneur for his contributions to French literature.
This erotic work is considered his masterpiece and according to the author, “… a true story down to the smallest detail”. He wrote inside the book: “Ce petit livre n’est pas un roman. C’est une histoire vraie jusqu’aux moindres détails. Je n’ai rien changé, ni le portrait de la mère et des trois jeunes filles, ni leurs âges, ni les circonstances” English translation .”This book is not a novel , it is a true story In the slightest details, I have not changed the portrait of the mother and the three girls, their ages, or their circumstances.
Inspired by the free relationship between the author and the wife of José Maria de Heredia and his three daughters, it was originally written around 1910.
First edition. 4to, (29 x 20 cm), pp. 361, Text printed in purple reproducing the author’s manuscript. 20 full page engraved illustrations including frontispiece ( with slight spotting on two plates) , original paper spine bound in at rear, bound by “G.Mativet”, binder’s name stamped on front free endpaper, marbled endpapers, half brown morocco gilt, marbled boards, brown calf label gilt lettered; an excellent copy.
Bibliography of Erotic Works by Pierre Louys – online. 28a ( for the later issue)
Stock ID: 97871