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La Legende des Sexes. Poëmes Hystériques et Profanes

Lobel-riche, Alméry. Le Sire de Chambley (Pseud. of Edmond Haraucourt)

Bruxelles. Edition Privée, Revue par l'Auteur. 1893
A unique copy of La Legende des Sexes augmented with erotic drawings by Alméry Lobel-Riche.

Lobel-Riche's erotic drawings complement the erotic verse and the erotic tooling to the doublures by Charles Lanöe.

The full-page drawings are all on inserted leaves of different paper stock. One drawing is inscribed 'Portes d'enfer' and a further drawing illustrates the poem 'La Chanson du Vieux Moine' suppressed by the author ('supprimé par l'auteur'); Lobel-RIche has added his own note to the blank page: ' ... et à demi dévoilée par le dessinateur'.

Page 83 / 84 with the poem 'Ballade des Pucelaiges Morts' was never bound in to the present volume.

Also included, loosely inserted, is the printed bifolium for the 'Société des Poètes Français''manifestation' to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the author of the present volume Edmond Haraucourt (1856 - 1941).
pp. 96. Large 8vo. (284 x 196 mm). Half-title, printed title in red and black with erotic vignette, 'Préface' with three-line initial and decorative head-piece and verse by Le Sire de Chambley (Edmond Haraucourt) with head- and tail-pieces and initials throughout, final leaf with 'Table', illustrated throughout with 16 erotic drawings by Lobel-RIche executed in crayon in black, bistre and sanguine, 6 full-page on inserted leaves, the majority initialled 'LR' or signed. Full contemporary dark green polished calf by Charles Lanöe with his signature gilt, front board with elaborate onlays of colour crushed morocco forming a vine leaf motif, banded spine with gilt titles in five compartments, turn-ins of matching calf with burgundy morocco inlays, gilt rules and erotic decorative tools of winged phalluses and vulvas, doublures of burgundy and grey patterned silk, matching guardleaves, marbled endpapers, a.e.g., calf-edged marbled board slipcase.

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