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Abregé de l'Art Poétique François

Eragny Press. Ronsard, Pierre de

The Brook, Hammersmith. Eragny Press. 1903
The Eragny Press edition of Ronsard's 'Abregé [sic] de l'Art Poétique François'.

From the edition limited to 226 copies, all on paper.

Although the binding for the present copy is unsigned, a pencil note attributes it to Sangorski & Sutcliffe. With a presentation inscription in blue ink to initial blank: 'M. Dodderidge / from B. G. Palmer / 1952, Milan.

'Printing began 10 January 1903 and ended 10 February 1903. The Pissarros were frantically trying to finish printing 'Abrégé'. Lucien sent a completed copy to Camille on 16 March 1903. Camille found the book to be very successful ... '. (Marcella Genz).

[Genz EP15].
[22 leaves; pp. 44]. 8vo. (214 x 146 mm). Title and first leaf of text with elaborate decorative woodcut border, woodcut device of the Eragny Press and six-line decorative woodcut initial, Ronsard's text in French with elaborate decorative floral woodcut head- and tail-pieces throughout and six-line initial letters all designed by Lucien Pissarro and engraved by Esther Pissarro, final leaf verso with justification and colophon. Full polished calf by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (see below), boards with elaborate gilt and colour floral and foliate tools at corners, boards with elaborate gilt rules, gilt title to upper section of front board, banded spine ruled in gilt and with gilt title in six compartments, turn-insruled in gilt, handmade patterned paper pastedowns and endpapers, a.e.g., later brown morocco-edged cloth board slipcase.

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