Études et Préludes [Inscribed & Signed to Louis Lumet]. Renée VIVIEN, pseud. Pauline Mary Tarn.

Études et Préludes [Inscribed & Signed to Louis Lumet]

Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, [1903?]. Second Edition. Second edition of the Sapphic author's first book, originally published in 1901 under the genderless authorship of "R. Vivien," and dedicated "A N...," Vivien's American expatriate lover Natalie Clifford Barney. By the publication of this edition approximately two years later, Vivien would have already enjoyed limited but enthusiastic critical success, which may explain why she and her publisher chose to publish under her full name, rendering the nature of her work more explicit. Pieces in this collection include the love poems "A la Femme Aimée" ("To the Beloved Woman"); "A l'Amie" ("To a Woman Friend"); and "Nudité," which refers to a nude lover's virgin breasts. Works inscribed by Vivien are rather scarce, as she died in 1909 at the premature age of 32. This most likely inscribed to the French man of letters Louis Lumet, an associate of Charles-Louis Philippe, founder of the Nouvelle Revue de France. Small octavo (18.75cm.); recent black morocco-backed marbled boards, original blue pictorial wrappers bound in, custom cloth clamshell box; [12],134pp. Fine. Inscribed and signed by the author in purple ink "A / Monsieur Lumet / avec les compliments / de / Renée Vivien."

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