Large 8vo, pp. [xii], 244, [i], printed on green japon paper; the half-title - with a reproduction of a signed water-colour drawing by the author - here in two states: in colours on cream paper and in black on green paper; very minor browning to edges, but an excellent copy, entirely uncut and unopened in the publisher’s soft green leather binding designed by Lalique, large blind impression of a cockerel on front cover signed by Lalique; minor wear to edges; in a folding cloth box.
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Chantecler. Pièce en quatre actes, en vers.
First edition, one of four copies printed on green paper, this copy printed specially for the publisher Eugène Fasquelle, and so designated on the verso of the half-title. The total edition numbered 1000 copies, with a few additional copies printed on yellow, blue, and green paper.
‘Chantecler... is allegorical, symbolical, and satirical. The characters, the day-to-day creatures of farmyard and forest, are animated by the same sentiments of egotism, jealousy, and emulation as human beings. They are sometimes tender, frequently fickle, often ruthless. Chantecler the cock imagines that it is his beautiful song that makes the sun rise. His pride has a fall, but he masters his disillusionment and returns with a good heart to the more humble role of wakening his farmyard’ (Oxford companion to French literature).
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