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Gestes et Opinions du Docteur Faustroll, Pataphysicien: Roman Néo-Scientifique, Suivi de Spéculations
Bibliothèque-Charpentier, Eugène Fasquelle, Éditeur, Paris 1911 - One of Jarry's most important works, though unpublished in his lifetime. Most likely begun in 1894 and completed before 1897, Faustroll was the author's attempt at a treatise on his pseudo-scientific philosophy "Pataphysics," in which the author defined it as "the science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attribute.the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments" (translation of Simon Watson Taylor). When Jarry submitted the manuscript in 1897, his then-editor Alfred Vallette of the Mercure de France declined to publish it, both due to a personal conflict and the work's general unreadability, and it wasn't until four years after the author's death (in 1907) that Eugène Fasquelle acquired and published one of the two extant manuscripts of the work. (See Alastair Brotchie, Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life, pp. 29-30.). Small octavo (18.5cm); original yellow decorative wrappers; [4],323,[1]pp. Spine darkened and a touch cocked, small chip to upper cover fore-edge, extremities a bit toned, else a Near Fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition]
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