Lot n° 1
3500 - 4000
APOLLINAIRE Guillaume (1880-1918)
Autograph diary & visit book.
January-February-March-April Villefranche, 1905. In-12, 106 pages. Unprinted, used printed undercover. (2 sheets missing: 4/5 and 18/19 February). Embedded. Handwritten inscriptions in ink or lead pencil.
Moving testimony to the day-to-day life and work of Apollinaire, this little notebook was covered by the poet with the most disparate notes. It contains appointments, for example with Henri Delormel, perhaps for the preparation of their review, La Revue Immoraliste; but also the addresses of Picasso and Max Jacob as of 1 March, that of Rémy de Gourmont or Thadée Natanson. This diary also serves as an account book for his daily expenses. But the majority of the entries concern working notes of all kinds, and the notebook is used both upright and upside down in a disorder that, on examination, is only apparent. Reading notes and bibliographical entries follow one another. Apollinaire is thus interested in imaginary alphabets (the alphabets of Adam, Enoch and Noah), a treatise on the invention of a universal language, the New York Stock Exchange and Russian loans. From the end, head to tail, 65 pages are devoted to the establishment of a "contemporary sautadic bibliography". Apollinaire lists dozens of French, English and German erotic works, which testify to his encyclopaedic knowledge in this field. This set of notes most probably constitutes one of the first milestones for L'Enfer de la Bibliothèque nationale.
Document of the greatest interest for the knowledge of Apollinaire's erotic work.
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