VERLAINE Paul (1844-1896)

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VERLAINE Paul (1844-1896)


Cellulairement, autograph manuscript of 32 poems, with an unpublished autograph letter from Verlaine to Sivry illustrated with an ORIGINAL DRAWING
Brussels, Mons, 1873-1875. 32 autograph handwritten poems by Paul Verlaine on 69 small in-4 pages numbered by him from 1 to 75 on blue-striped school paper (each page is striped with 22 lines). Sometimes Verlaine cut out a part of the page by reworking his text (one half of page 18, to which is added a part of another page; and of page 31; page 36, where two parts are cut out to remove two stanzas). Pages 19, 20, 32-34 are missing; we go directly from page 42 to page 45 with Verlaine's hand (''suite à 42 PV''). All mounted on tabs. Full morocco taupe, back with nerves titled gold, lining decorated with bottle green morocco, moiré guards, slipcase (Marius Michel).
Numerous variants on the texts published in Sagesse, Jadis et Naguère, Parallèlement, Invectives, etc.
I. To the reader--II. False impression--III. Other--IV. On the waters--V. Lullabies--VI. The Song of Gaspard Hauser--VII. A Pouacre--VIII. Almanac for the past year--IX. Hope glows like a straw--X. Things that sing in the head--XI. Ah, it's really sad...--XII. Kaleidoscope--XIII. Reversibilities--XIV. Images of a penny--XV. Old coppers. The first decade "To charm the pants off you"--XVI. The Choiseul passages with the smells of yesteryear--XVII. Toward Saint Denis....--XVIII. Enough of the Gambettards!...--XIX. Tired! I'm on the Index...--XX. I was born romantic....--XXI. The Wing where I am giving...--XXII. O Belgium...--XXIII. For a year and more I haven't seen the tail...--XXIV. "Let's dam up the streams, the meadows drink enough"--XXV. Poetic Art --XXVI. Via dolorosa--XXVII. Crimen Amoris--XXVIII. Grace--XXIX. Don Juan pipé, - Mystery--XXX. Final Impenitence--XXXI. In love with the devil--XXXII. Final.
Attached:
- an unpublished autograph letter signed by Paul Verlaine [to his ex-brother-in-law Charles de Sivry], dated February 3 [1881] (4 pages in-8, in brown ink). He asks him to take care of the publication in serial form of certain poems ("L'Impénitence finale", "Don Juan pipé", "Amoureuse du Diable", "La Grâce", "L'Art poétique", and others), tells him that he does not need the copy of Cellulairement made by Sivry or his wife Emma: "Do not send me the copy in question of Cellulairemard [sic]. I have a manuscript here. Didn't I tell you?". He recommends that he correct the proofs himself and especially to remove the title, which would remind him of prison: "Of course remove from everything in his head ... the word Cellularly, absolutely useless and shopping [...]" He instructs him to go and recover certain things in his old apartment, including the manuscript of the Illuminations: "Montmartre nous la... yawns beautifully with his "having nothing at all" of the things in question -- task of rummaging through "ice cabinets" and also the drawer of my ex bedroom and iconic bookcase. It's worth a shot. As for the Enlightenment, you'll find it if you look hard enough."
This letter ends with a beautiful self-portrait of Verlaine as a peasant, reading a letter, original drawing in captioned ink (slight tears and folds). In the spring of 1880, he had bought a farm in Juniville in the Ardennes, where he stayed until the spring of 1882. This drawing is reproduced in the catalogue Barthou, l'Album Verlaine de la Pléiade (p. 171) and in Bibliographie et iconographie de Paul Verlaine par Van Bever et Monda (1991, pl. LVIII).
- autograph letter signed by Francine Loriot to Madame Jean Cassou (née Ida Jankelevitch).
Exceptional copy.
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