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Le Cimetière Père-Lachaise
1909. First edition. 8vo. (147 by 105mm). Folding map loosely inserted (290 by 265mm), numerous halftone photographic illustrations within text. Original pictorial printed front wrapper bound in, three quarter cloth with marbled paper, red morocco label to spine with titles, skull and bones motif stamped below with initials ?A.B.? all in gilt. Silk ribbon place marker. Small glue mark to title-page affecting one character, wrapper trimmed a little close in binding catching a few characters at extremities. Overall very good. 192pp. Paris, S. Mercadier, Scarce first edition of this beautiful little guidebook to Paris' most famous cemetery, in a memento mori binding. The author, Jean Moiroux, was the curator of Père-Lachaise, and alongside the biographical index of internees, he includes much interesting supplementary information about the administration and history of the cemetery, as well as the artists responsible for the monuments within. Oscar Wilde, who in time has become the cemetery's most visited occupant, had been dead for just nine years when this guide was published. His entry notes that the ?Monument élevé par souscription? This was to be a protracted process - the winged sphinx tomb by Jacob Epstein would not be installed until 1914. Each biographical entry is followed by a grid reference relatable to the map, allowing the curious tourist to locate the objects of their pilgrimage. Though there were several later editions until 1922, this first edition is rare. Worldcat finds copies at BNF, Marbach Germany, and National Library of Poland only. [Attributes: First E … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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