Paris: Lemerre, 1869.
First edition, one of 350 copies on papier vergé de Hollande of a total edition of 360. Publisher's pictorial device on title. [iv], 54,  pp., with half-title. Printed by L. Toinon & Ce. 1 vols. 16mo (6-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches). Full gray calf binding by Paul Bonet, arabesque design on covers comprised of pink calf onlays and gilt and silver gouges, spine titled in gilt, tan calf doublures and endpapers, a.e.g, publisher's printed yellow wrappers and spine bound-in, signed in gilt "Paul Bonet" on front turn-in and dated "1954" on rear, in matching calf and paper chemise and slipcase. Slight fading to spine and chemise spine, occasional light spotting to text. Carteret II:418; Vicaire VII, 990. Provenance: KSE (embossed bookplate). Item #312710
The first edition of Verlaine's third book, one of 350 copies on papier vergé de Hollande, in a fine binding by PAUL BONET (1889-1971).
Fêtes galantes, a collection of delicate, sonorous lyrics (6 were later arranged by Debussey for piano and voice) was preceded by Poems saturniens (1866) and a pseudonymous collection of erotic sonnets on lesbian love. A year before his meeting Verlaine, Rimbaud procured a copy: "J'ai les Fêtes Galantes de Paul Verlaine, un joli in-12 écu. C'est fort bizarre, très drôle; mais vraiment c'est adorable" (letter of 25 August 1870 to his teacher Georges Izambard). As Robb points out in his biography of Rimbaud, the young poet was also undoubtedly impressed by Verlaine's flouting of the rules of French poetic composition. "Verlaine's Fêtes galantes contained the first example Rimbaud had ever seen of an alexandrine in which the caesura was straddled by a word — analogous to a sudden fleeting change of time signature" (Robb, Rimbaud, p. 44).
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