Lot 377

VALÉRY, Paul La jeune Parque. Paris La Nouvelle Revue française (April 30) 1917 In-4°. Paperback, printed cover on japan (folds in the tail). Undershirt [by Marianne Diercxsens] in brown half-box with stripes, pink-brown karung snake plates set with an old pink oeser net, smooth back titled with old pink oeser, brown japon lining (very small stain on the outer band of the top plate, very lightly rubbed upper back). In edged case. Original edition. Edition of 600 copies, one of the 575 copies on Arches yardage (2nd paper, n° 180). Valéry had worked 4 years on this work of 500 verses, originally intended for the preface of a reprint requested by Gide. This monologue of a woman in a battle between body and mind is considered his masterpiece. Aut. s. from the author "to Monsieur [crossed-out name, i.e. Roland Saucier]/ with kind regards [...]". Saucier (1899-1994) was the director of the Librairie Gallimard on Raspail Boulevard from Sept. 1921 to March 1964. He was a friend of N.R.F. writers and Raoul Simonson. Ref. Karaïskakis-Chapon 12.