ANNOTATED BY WILLY

Colette (Colette Willy), son oeuvre.

Paris, Éditions de La Nouvelle Revue Critique, 1923.

8vo, pp. 64, with a portrait of Colette and a reproduction of a manuscript; paper browned, some archival repairs to edges of half-title and title; contemporary red half morocco, raised bands on spine; the original printed wrappers and spine bound in.

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First edition of this critical work on Colette, with Willy’s manuscript annotations throughout. The copy was subsequently in the possession of Willy’s friend Pierre Varenne, who has added a pencilled note to the blank endleaf: ‘Annotations manuscrites de Willy. P.V.’, and a ms. postcard to Varenne from Willy with his photograph: ‘Cher Pierrot…’, signed ‘Yours truly, Willy’ and dated 1928 is laid in. Willy’s annotations begin on the half-title: ‘Réfuter les mensonges…’ and continue with frequent comments in the margins, underlinings, and markings in the text.

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