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POESIES NOUVELLES
Denain et Delmare, Paris 1835 - [4],378pp. Small octavo. Quarter 19th century plum morocco and marbled boards, spine elaborately gilt extra, with crowned initials "A.O.", a.e. marbled. Pictorial title and head-pieces by Porret. Moderate foxing, otherwise very good and crisp, in an attractive Romantic era binding. First edition, ordinary issue. Vicaire and Carteret report that a few copies were printed on variously tinted papers. The second collection of poems by Tastu (1798 - 1885), supplementing her 1826 debut publication that contributed to the bankruptcy of her husband's printing concern. Accompanied by a manuscript draft, in ink, signed, of Tastu's translation of Felicia Hemans's poem "The Graves of a Household," which is printed in this collection under the title "Les Tombeaux d'une Famille." The manuscript (32 lines, on recto and verso of one panel of a folded quarto sheet) bears two revisions, and the full title and identification of the poem as a translation of Hemans's poem. Also present is a one-page a.l.s. from Tastu to "Monsieur Aimé-Martin," dated simply "Dimanche Matin," (11 lines, on recto of one panel of a folded octavo sheet, signed in full, and addressed on the conjugate blank). Although her poetry is now viewed as sentimental, Saint-Beuve, among others, considered her among the leading female poets of her age. Her first poems appeared when she was only fifteen, and attracted the attention of Shelley, who corresponded with her. Her translation of ROBINSON CRUSOE was published the same year. VICAIRE VII:761. CARTERET II:385.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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