LOUŸS Pierre (1870-1925).

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LOUŸS Pierre (1870-1925).
autograph manuscript, Les Poésies de Méléagre réunis pour la première fois en français et dédiées à un poète lyrique, 1891; 20 folios in-fol. (32,5 x 24,7 cm), mounted on laid paper, all bound in full midnight blue morocco, with a triple cold fillet and a quadruple gilt fillet on the boards, spine ribbed underlined by a gilt fillet, gilt title, caissons decorated with a gilt fillet; inner border with 4 gilt fillet and a cold fillet, endpapers in silver and blue handmade paper, gilt edges. Very beautiful complete manuscript of Louÿs' translation of 131 epigrams by Meleager. This translation of the "most delicate of the ancient poets", singer of love affairs, was published at the Librairie de l'Art indépendant in 1893, preceded by a Life of Meleager. Meleager of Gadara (born in Syria around 120 and died around 60 BC) was one of the most important poets of the time.C.) was one of Pierre Louÿs's great Hellenistic passions; he had previously been partially translated by Sainte-Beuve and by José-Maria de Heredia, who introduced him to Louÿs, who dedicated this translation to him, undertaken in the autumn of 1891, during his year of licentiate. The manuscript, in black ink on strongly tinted wove paper, shows more than 200 erasures or corrections, and variants with the published text. Dated at the beginning and at the end, October 27, 1891 and November 13, 1891, it includes 18 leaves written for the most part on both sides, preceded by a title page, in violet ink, arranged like a book cover, with the date in Roman numerals mdcccxii, and a dedication page in Greek. Let us quote the beginning of the first poem of this manuscript [xcv in the book, under the title The flowery Crown of the Muses]: "Beloved Muse, to whom do you wear this multiple song? And who is the one who braided this crown made of poems? It is Meleager who made it for the illustrious Diocles; In memory he composed this offering, .../... .../... Where are intertwined many lilies of Anité, many Méro, And of Sapphô some flowers only, but roses, And the narcissus of Mélanippidos, from which vibrate sonorous hymns, And a young pampre flowered of the vine of Simonidès, And jumbled up the beautiful odorous flower of iris Of Nossis, the one of which the tablets were coated with wax by Eros "... Provenance : Victor Sanson (ink stamp on the back of the title) ; cat. Pierre Louÿs (Jean- Claude Vrain, 2009, n° 13).
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