8vo, pp. 29, with 2 ll. ms facsimile, some browning to edges; a very good, large copy, edges totally uncut, in later half cloth, the original printed wrappers bound in.
US $1054 €858
First edition of Jarry’s memoir of the fin-de-siècle poet, Albert Samain (1858-1900). One of 20 copies printed on hollande (of a total of 40 numbered copies).
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