Joris-Karl Huysmans - La Bièvre. Les Gobelins. Saint-Séverin [Reliure en demi maroquin signée Auguste Lepère & Levitzky] - 1901

Joris-Karl Huysmans - La Bièvre. Les Gobelins. Saint-Séverin [Reliure en demi maroquin signée Auguste Lepère & Levitzky] - 1901
Fine Bindings, Illustrated, Topography, Paris - Quantity: 1 - Book

Superb copy hardbound by Levitzky in morocco with corners.

Luxury edition of La Bièvre. Les Gobelins. Saint-Séverin by Joris-Karl Huysmans adorned with 34 superb compositions by Auguste Lepère (1849-1918): 4 tipped-in etchings and 30 engravings on wood in the text.

Printing of 695 numbered copies, this one is one of the 600 copies on shaped vellum paper (no 312).

Prime copy perfectly bound with covers and spine retained, untrimmed margins, enriched with a publicity card for the exhibition of 60 drawings and engravings by Lepère at Edmond Sagot from the first to 15 March 1911.

Binding by Levitzky, perfectly crafted in chocolate and milk half morocco with corners, spine with 4 raised bands, title, author and date at the tail in gilded stamping, gilt topstain.

Binding in excellent condition. Spine of the cover is faded and has restorations, some marks on the covers, otherwise in excellent condition in terms of freshness.

Provenance: Ex-libris belonging to Jacques Crépineau (1932-2017), director of the Théâtre de la Michodière -
Theatre historian, renowned and appreciated collector, whom the greatest exhibitions
regularly called. He was a member of the Académie des 11 and the Académie Rabelais, as well as an
honorary member of the A.R.T. and, as such, participated in the Jury for the Prix du Brigadier - Knight of the Order.
National du Mérite (see site regietheatrale)

A work by two lovers of Paris: Joris-Karl Huysmans, writer and art critic (1848-1907) & Auguste Lepère (1849-1918), engraver, illustrator and painter. Both were curious about the character of the inhabitants and the singularity of the environments where they evolved. La Bièvre, which was until then the second Parisian river that flowed into the Seine in Paris (at the Gare d’Austerlitz). Before it escaped from sight of Parisians, Huysmans and Lepère captured its memory. From these pages a glorious past, ruined monuments and the teeming life of these popular places emerges. The author feared the change of places sensing the evolution that would profoundly modify the soul of a neighbourhood. The unsanitary buildings, the miserable living conditions would gradually disappear. Huysmans’s text remains and Lepère’s illustrations to discover this universe of a vanished Paris.

Author: Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907) &
Auguste Lepère (1849-1918)

Title: La Bièvre, Les Gobelins, Saint-Séverin.

Place, Publisher, Date: Paris, Société de propagation des livres d’art, 1901.


Format: quarto (28 cm x 20 cm)

Contents: The toponymy of the 5th arrondissement, and especially the 13th, is inseparable from the history of this river, which disappeared only because of hygiene problems due to its overexploitation, lacking foresight on environmental impact, in the nineteenth century. In his Grand Dictionnaire universel du XIXe siècle, Pierre Larousse states: “La Bièvre enters Paris between the gates of Italy and of Gentilly crosses in several arms, which are nothing more than filthy streams, the suburbs of Saint-Marcel and Saint-Victor, and ends in the form of a covered sewer on the Quai de l’Hôpital. This river feeds many tanneries, laundries, dyeing factories and, among others the famous Gobelins factory. Although the width of the Bièvre does not exceed 3 m, this river was formidable when it flooded.”

Lot details
Number of Books
Fine Bindings, Illustrated, Paris, Topography
Author/ Illustrator
Joris-Karl Huysmans
Book Title
La Bièvre. Les Gobelins. Saint-Séverin [Reliure en demi maroquin signée Auguste Lepère & Levitzky]
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
Binding/ Material
Half leather
Number of pages
28×20 cm
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