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DINET, Etienne.
Antar, Poème Héroïque Arabe Des Temps Antéislamiques.

Paris: Edition D’Art, H. Piazza Et Cie. Editeurs, 1898.
Monod 309; Cateret IV 45.
Paris: Edition D’Art, H. Piazza Et Cie. Editeurs, 1898.

Folio, 125 pp.; half-title, decorated pictorial cover with the name of Antar printed in Arabic, title page printed within decorated borders, 132 color illustrations by Etienne Dinet, translated from original Arabic by Marcel Devic. Contemporary hardcover, half morocco, decorated spine gilt, marbled endpaper and on part cover, edges not trimmed (only upper edge gilt), copy in excellent condition, LIMITED EDITION TO 300 COPIES OF WHICH THIS COPY IS 104. A stunning book. The illustrations by Etienne Alphonse Dinet 1861-1929 bring to life the Arabic legend of Antar, the triumph of good over evil. Dinet spent a large part of his life in Algeria. He exhibited nearly every year his Orientalist canvases at the Exposition Universelle and the Societe des Peintres Orientalistes Francais. This work is the first of many highly artistic publications published by Piazza. The poem of Antar was discussed by the famous French poet Alphonse Lamartine. This work highlights all the fights, dances, razzias, caravans, celebrations, hunts, etc., etc., in fact, all the parts of the life of the Nomadic Arabs. Coloured plates in order: 1. Portrait of Antar by E. Dinet. 2. Limited edition number. 3. Title page. 4. Decorative emblem. 5. 'Premiere Partie.' 6. Portrait of an Arab woman by E. Dinet. 7. Text to Chapter 1 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 8. Camels crossing a desert. 9. Arab woman with Camel. 10. Native killing a wild dog. 11. Native pulling a (reluctant) Camel by the tail. 12. Sheep crossing a small stream or a body of water. 13-14. Antar fighting tribesmen. 15. Bedouin tents in the desert. 16. Well-to-do Arab woman, sitting in a tent, her hair being attended to by her female servant. 17. Arab warrior on horseback, brandishing a spear. 18. Arabian dancer. 19. Text to Chapter 2 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 20. A Lion commands a good view of fleeing Camels from a clifftop vantage point. 21. Antar in hand-to-hand fighting with a hungry lion. 22. Antar kills the Lion and rests his weary body against his freshly slain foe. 23. Bedouin cooking the carcass of a sheep over an open fire. 24-25. Arabian women dancers sway and move in time to the rhythm of the music. 26. Antar kills a man, with a woman in his arms, on horseback with his dagger. 27. Arab warriors crossing a plain on horseback. 28. A slave is pegged out in the desert and beaten with sticks by tribesmen. 29. Wealthy lady rides Camelback. 30. A blood-splattered warrior returns to a tent in the desert to speak with the three women sitting there. 31. Arab on horseback, attended to by a slave. 32. Antar's life is pleaded for by a woman in front of an Arabic warrior. 33. Text to Chapter 3 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 34. Two warriors on horseback ride at full gallop. 35. Antar on horseback. 36. Arabian warriors, armed with Lancers, race across the desert. 37. Antar looks to throw his fine Arab charger off a clifftop. 38-39. Scenes of a full-scale massacre. 40. Victors and the vanquished after the battle. 41. Text to Chapter 4 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 42. A camp by an oasis. 43. People flock toward 2 Arabs on horseback. 44. A fertile valley. 45. Armed Arabian warriors on horseback. 46. Women and children welcome back to camp their menfolk. 47. Antar sits on a sand dune and watches Camels graze on the sparse vegetation. 48. Arab, on horseback, steals or kidnaps a woman. 49. A man is shot through the shoulder by an arrow drawn by a man on a mound behind him. 50. A battle rages outside rows of tents and dwellings. 51. 'Deuxieme Partie.' 52. Portrait of the wounded warrior, shot through the shoulder by E. Dinet. 53. Text to Chapter 1 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 54. Antar visits a tent with a lady. 55. Large desert tent with occupants. 56. Antar on horseback, armed with a spear in the moonlight. 57. Antar runs through the desert with a dead animal slung over his shoulder. 58. Waterhole and oasis. 59. Male Peacocks on branches in trees. 60. Bedouin in the desert with their camels grazing. 61. Men eating by a campfire. 62. Camels. 63. Antar attacks and kills two tribesmen. 64. Battle between rival tribesmen. 65. Antar, on horseback, in the thick of battle, much gore and bloodshed. 66. Man fleeing before marauding tribesmen following him on horseback. 67. Two men meet and converse by a campfire at night. 68. Tribesmen converse with one of the men mentioned above at night. 69. Text to Chapter 2 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 70. Graphic scenes of the aftermath of a great battle. Men, horses, and camels all slain. 71. Tribesmen thunder into battle on horseback. 72. Antar present before a tribal elder as a captured slave of P.O.W. 73. Tribal warriors travel towards a large Persian city. 74. Men become unseated from their mounts during a battle scene. 75. Antar (freed?) rides furiously, well-armed with mace and spear, behind a warrior with shield and spear. 76. Antar catches the warrior and kills him. He lies slain as his horse gallops away. 77. Text to Chapter 3 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 78. A desert city. 79. Mortal combat, on horseback between two armed warriors. 80. A Christian religious ceremony. 81. Religious man reading from a holy book. (Koran?) 82. A view across the desert plains. 83. Text to Chapter 4 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 84. Men at Arms on horseback. 85. A man kneels before a Persian King. 86. Antar jousting in the city with a Caucasian opponent. 87. Portraits of Antar and his Caucasian opponent. 88-89. Jousting scenes. 90. Great wealth and treasures are brought and laid before the Persian King. 91. Ladies of the court descent steps, bearing pitchers of wine and food in urns. 92-93. The high, forbidding walls of the great city. 94. A splendid sedan chair, encrusted with precious jewels, is carried by four men. 95. Temples of the great city at night. 96. Men kneel and prostrate themselves before a great fire. 97. A very large tent. 98. The great desert sands and dunes. 99. Text to Chapter 5 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 100. Man taking milk from a Camel. Baby beside her. 101. Lady and camels are resting. 102. Lady is crying in her tent. 103. Two Bedouin men talking in their tent. 104. Lady cries to the heavens for help or relief. 105. Slaves travel with their conquerors. 106. A man beating a lady. 107. Travellers rest and take water at a watering hole. 108. A lady on Camelback weeps into her hands as her captors rest all around her. 109. A fight between captive and captor. 110. Two men drink water from a stream. 111. Camels, decorated in elaborate saddles and cloth, pull an equally decorative sedan chair. 112. Deer or small antelope running through the scrub. 113. A lady, attended to by her maids-in-waiting in the open air. 114. The lady and her servants are travelling through the desert. 115. 'Troisieme Partie.' 116. People are taking water by a river. 117. Text to Chapter 1 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 118. Antar leads a man to mount a Camel. 119. The Euphrates River. 120. Antar and the woman comfort each other outside a tent by moonlight. 121. A man, with an accomplice, on a riverbank draws back his bow to fire an arrow at a man (Antar?) standing on the opposite riverbank. 122. A man swims the river. 123. A wounded Antar is cared for by others. 124. Antar is bandaged and resting, comforted by a woman. 125. Text to Chapter 2 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 126. A still wounded Antar is carried to a Camel for transportation. 127. Tribesmen travel across the desert plains. 128. Two small armies of rival tribesmen travel in search of each other. 129. On horseback, a lady receives a spear to go into battle. 130. Antar, in great pain, travels by Camel. 131. A Camel train. 132. Antar appears on horseback in a gorge, with a large lance or spear sticking into his back. 133. Other tribesmen discover Antar. 134. Antar lies dying, watched by others. 135. Antar dies in the arms of a man who praises his life, sacrifices, and his honour. 136. Chapter tailpiece. 137. A complete picture of Antar, on horseback, in agony, with the lance or spear protruding from his back. 138. List of book collaborators. 139. Decorative tailpiece. 140. Details of the limited book numbers related to this work. 141. Decorative publishers emblem. 142. Coloured title page. 143. Text to Chapter 1 with decorative borders in the Moorish style. 144. Antar fighting tribesmen. 145. Women are dancing in the moonlight. 146. A native killing a wild dog. 147-148. Decorative tailpieces.