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Segalen, Victor

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      Collection Coréenne composée sous la direction de Victor Segalen à Peking pour Georges Crès & Cie. 1914 Pei-king: Presses du Pei-T'ang First edition 64 leaves bound in the Chinese "accordion" style, wrappers with printed labels, original wooden boards. A very good copy. Original wrappers rather browned but contents unaffected. No.279 of 570 examples on "vergé feutré", or laid paper. Victor Segalen, 1878-1919, French naval doctor, poet and anthropologist was in China from 1909 to 1914. A remarkable collection of wry, intriguing, and at times haunting prose poems presented as translations of imaginary Chinese "steles" or inscribed stone monuments, each bearing a heading in classical Chinese — some quoted from classical texts or actual monuments, others composed in literary Chinese by Segalen himself. Among Segalen's creative work, this collection of poems is the most sustained and concentrated realization of his ideas about l'exotisme and the transformative power of what he termed le Divers or la Diversité. This is a truly original work that continually thwarts the expectations of the typical critiques of Orientalism.

      [Bookseller: John Randall (Books of Asia)]
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