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Nerto Nouvello Prouvencalo [Nerte Nouvelle Provencale] [Signed Association Copy and with 8 Autograph Letters Signed -- 9 Mistral Signatures]
Librairie Hachette et cie., Paris 1884 - A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, finely bound in red morocco-backed boards with marbled paper sides, spine in compartments with gilt author name, title, and year, marbled endpapers, with the original wrappers bound in; the hinges (internal) have been professionally reinforced with cloth, SIGNED BY FREDERIC MISTRAL AND WITH 8 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED TIPPED IN; a narrative poem based on a chronicle of the Avignon Popes and given in the form of a short story. An excellent copy with the original faintly soiled wrappers bound in and with an illustrated frontispiece. First edition, first printing, of this work of poetic fiction, in parallel French-Provençale text, by poet and philologist Frederic Mistral (1830-1914). Mistral devoted his life to the recording, championing and composing of Occitan literature and language (the Langue d'Oc), and Nerto was published while Mistral was in the process of creating his Lou Tresor dóu Félibrige (1878-1886), which is still the most comprehensive dictionary of the Occitan language. Frederic Mistral won the 1904 Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of the fresh originality and true inspiration of his poetic production, which faithfully reflects the natural scenery and native spirit of his people, and, in addition, his significant work as a Provençal philologist". Mistral specifically cited "Nerto", along with a few of his other major works, in his autobiographical profile written in connection with the award of the Prize to him and, in his speech presenting the Prize to Mistral, C.D. af Wirsén, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, described the work as one that "offers many beautiful pages for the reader's admiration." This is a PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on the half title, by Mistral to the important Parisian writer, publisher and literary editor Edouard Champion as follows: "A Monsieur Champion, l'éditeur du poète philologic, hommage cordial, F. Mistral" and contains 8 autograph letters signed by Mistral, all addressed to Edouard Champion between 1896 and 1905, and most of a literary concern. Signed copies of "Nerto" are quite uncommon, and signed Association copies, as offered here, are scarce. An Association copy of Mistral's "Nerto" SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY FREDERIC MISTRAL TO THE IMPORTANT LITERARY FIGURE EDOUARD CHAMPION TOGETHER WITH 8 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED BY MISTRAL TO CHAMPION. A RARE COPY WITH A REMARKABLE NINE FREDERIC MISTRAL SIGNATURES. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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