SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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SAMAIN, Albert.
William Fel (Illus).
Poems inacheves (Unfinished poems).

Salmain (1858-1900) was a French poet and writer born in Lille. He published three volumes of verse which made him famous; Le jardin de l'infante (1893), Aux flancs du vase (1898) and Le Chariot d'or (1901).

Paris: aux dépens d'un amateur (Eug. Renevey), 1920
Paris: aux dépens d'un amateur (Eug. Renevey), 1920

A UNIQUE COPY with 34 original drawings (gouache, soft pencil, and watercolour) by William Fel. Bound by G. Crette in full tan leather, with raised bands in blind and gilt letters to spine, all edges gilt, cloth endpapers, marbled prelims. Complete with its ready-made three-sided slipcase. Two drawings are embedded into the pastedowns; five full-page signed gouache and 27 drawings, mostly in text in sanguine (a reddish-brown colour). Bound at the rear are the 12 uncoloured etchings that were planned for the illustration of the book. Full-page coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. Lady and man in a desolate location. 2. Man sits asleep, dreaming. A vision of a lady appears before him. 3. Man kneels before a beautiful woman clad in a white gown and a cape of peacock feathers. 4. A beautiful lady in a long black dress with a beautiful floral patterned shawl. 5. A young lady sits and plays the piano, while above her is seen a spirit of a reclining virgin.