Beautiful copies, very well bound in a half binding in brown leather from the time, spine mosaicked with Art Deco motifs, silver title, double-fillet blind-stamped on the edge of the covers. Preserved original illustrated cover.
Partly original edition, expanded with unpublished poems, of Gabriel Randon's (Jehan-Rictus), collection first published in 1897.
Jehan-Rictus' best-known work, this collection of poems offers us a superb evocation of bitumen and night, all written in a popular language, verve magnified by Steinlen's drawings, reproduced in and out of text.
"Soon out of print the book was reissued by Mercure de France."
Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, who was born in Lausanne on 20th November 1923 and died in Paris on 14th December 1923, is a Swiss anarchist artist, painter, engraver, illustrator, poster designer, and sculptor, naturalized French in 1901.
Steinlen’s preferred media were drawing and pastel to depict the daily life of the street and street traders. The realism of his drawings inspired some of Jean Peské's works, and the early works of Pablo Picasso. He also developed an engraved work, taking up the same themes as his drawings, or mixing politics.
Jehan Rictus / Steinlen
Les Soliloques du Pauvre. Revised, corrected and expanded edition of unpublished poems.
Paris, Eugène Rey, 1913
8vo (20 x 15 cm); 256 pp.
Beautiful copy, slightly faded spine, small traces of friction at the level of the joints (without gravity), missing one of the mosaic motifs located in the tail. Uncropped inside, a little yellowed, without foxing.