Sonnets et eaux fortes, MDCCCLXIX
Paris: Alphonse Lemerre (1868). First edition. Folio. Presentation copy, inscribed and signed at head of front wrapper recto: 'A mon ami Courbet/ A Lemerre.' Strongly presumed to have been inscribed to the French artist Gustave Courbet (1819-1877). Illustrated with 42 etched plates, letter press title-page, and including 42 poems. Contemporary three-quarter tan calf over color-patterned boards, stamped in gilt, joints and extremities rubbed; top edges gilt; original printed vellum wrappers preserved, lightly spotted; untrimmed; light offsetting onto letterpress poems from etched plates.
Alphonse Lemerre published "G. Courbet et son oeuvre" (OCLC 931416663) during the same year as the publication above.
Includes poems by Anatole France, Theodore Gautier, Paul Verlaine; etchings by Edouard Manet, J.F. Millet.
Private Collection, New York, NY.
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