8vo, pp. [iv], 368; a few minor spots and stains, but a very good copy, uncut in the original printed wrappers, small tear to head of spine; in a folding cloth box.
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Hommage à C. F. Denecourt. Fontainebleau. Paysages – Légendes – Souvenirs – Fantaisies.
First edition of this anthology compiled by Fernand Desnoyers and Auguste Luchet, published in honour of the self-appointed keeper of the forest of Fontainebleau, Claude-François Denecourt. It includes texts by Asselineau, Banville, Baudelaire, Béranger, Brizeux, Champfleury, Dupont, Gautier, Hugo, Janin, Lamartine, Monselet, Murger, Musset, Nerval, Sand, and others.
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