Precious copy of the rare posthumous first edition of Alfred de Vigny's "Les Destinées", "one of the most important and representative collections of poems of the nineteenth century". The last piece of the collection, L'esprit pur, was written 14 days before the author's death.
Enriched with a beautiful and moving signed autograph letter, addressed to his friend the writer Roger de Beauvoir (based on a handwritten note), written 4 months before La mort de Vigny.
"Mon cher ami,
Depuis quatre jours je suis au lit repris par une crise violente de cette interminable maladie. Il me faut donc ajourner, à mon grand regret cette double et amicale entrevue projetée si gracieusement pour demain. Je ne peux pas me lever. [..?] moi, mon bon et cher ami, et aimez moi toujours un peu.
Alfred de Vigny
24 mai 1863"
The poet was to die on September 17 of cancer, "after a slow agony endured with patience and stoicism" (cf museum of Vigny manor of Maine-Giraud).
Les Destinées is a collection of philosophical poems gathered in a volume published in Paris in 1864, a few months after Vigny's death by Louis Ratisbonne, executor of Vigny's will.
Considered one of the most important and representative collections of the nineteenth century. Because of the form of these poems, and in particular the choice of symbols that presided over their writing, Vigny sometimes preceded his contemporary Charles Baudelaire. He will inspire symbolism, Stéphane Mallarmé, as well as, perhaps even more clearly, Paul Valéry. Philosophically, Les Destinies can be linked, to some extent, to the atheistic humanism of the twentieth century.
AUTHOR: Alfred de Vigny
TITLE: Les destinées, poèmes philosophiques
PUBLISHER: Michel lévy frères, Paris 1864, 8vo (22.5x14cm), 191pp.,
Contemporary half binding in glossy calfskin with corners, spine with 5 raised bands, author and title in golden letters, raised bands underlined with dotted lines and fillets, compartments adorned with small gilding, double fillet on the covers.
Sun-bleached spine (not too serious), still decorative, start of a small crack on the front joint and at the beginning of the back one.
Impeccable interior, preserved covers, entirely untrimmed.
Loose letter in good condition, with folds. Accompanied by a sheet with an unsigned handwritten note "Lettre d' Alfred de Vigny à son ami le comte Roger de Beauvoir ... pour ajouter à l'éd. originale des " Destinées".
Rare and valuable. Posthumous first edition, published in 1864 after Vigny's death by his executor Louis Ratisbonne.
A frontispiece portrait sometimes missing, mounted on china paper on thick vellum; this portrait was engraved after a photograph by Adam Salomon. Vellum paper print.
Les destinées contain 11 pieces, 7 of which were published from January 15, 1843 to January 15, 1864 in the Revue des deux mondes. The last piece of the collection, L'esprit pur, was written 14 days before the author's death.
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- Alfred de Vigny
- Les Destinées. Poèmes philosophiques [avec lettre autographe]
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- 22,5×14 cm