PIERROT FUMISTE. Jules Laforgue.
PIERROT FUMISTE.
PIERROT FUMISTE.
PIERROT FUMISTE.

PIERROT FUMISTE.

Gravures de Charles Martin. [Text in French]. Pp. [52](last colophon, verso blank), hand-coloured frontispiece and 6 pictorial headpieces, plus 6 pictorial tailpieces and 2 decorative initials printed in red, the title page printed in red & black; impl. 8vo; bound by Riviere in half light brown morocco, the spine ruled in gilt compartments and with gilt lettered turquoise morocco title label, marbled papered boards, fore-corners faintly bruised, a couple of small surface grazes to upper board; t.e.g.; matching marbled endpapers; the original printed paper wrappers bound in; occasional faint soiling; Emile-Paul, Paris, 1927. First edition thus, being one of 200 numbered copies on Arches paper (of a total edition of 207). *Jules Laforgue (1860-1887) was one of the first French poets to write in free verse, and was a major influence on Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot. The title, Pierrot fumiste, echoes an 1882 cartoon by Adolphe Leon Willette in Le Chat Noir, the journal produced under the auspices of the famous Montmartre night club of that name. F irst published in 1882, it is also thought to have been inspired by the 1881 Cercle Funambulesque production of J. K. Huysmans and Leon Hennique's pantomime Pierrot Sceptique. The illustrator, Charles Martin (1884-1934) was a French graphic artist, fashion and theatre designer. Item #135962

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