Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Gourmont mss., 1898-1905, are the letters and writings of French critic Remy de Gourmont, 1858-1915. Written for the most part from 71, rue des Saints-Peres in Paris to Pierre Dauze at 10, Boulevard Malesherbes (Dauze was the pseudonym of Paul Louis Dreyfus-Bing, 1852-1913, bibliophile), the letters are concerned with bibliographic interest in literary magazines, Livre des Masques, Petite Revues, prices, printings, Revue Fantaisiste, and the Symbolists.

The writings are: 1) Bibliophilie. Historie de l'Art. Les Papiers de luxe (Revue Biblio-Iconographique, Janvier 1900), 6pp., signed R[ichard] de Bury [pseudonym of Gourmont] in which Gourmont reviews Dauze's work on fine papers. Pages 3 and 4 are printed pages from Revue Biblio-Iconographique. 2) Les Jeunes, etudes et portraits, par Rene Doumic, 6pp., signed R[emy] de Gourmont, a review of Doumic's work published in 1896. Some pages are written on the verso of blank sheets of La Revue Blanche.

All are tipped in Gourmont, Les Petites Revues; essai de bibliographie. Preface par Remy de Gourmont. Paris, Mercvre de France, 1900. The volume is inscribed by Gourmont to Dauze as "bibliophile d'avant-garde" and dated "Paris, le 25 janvier de l'an xii de l'ere symboliste." Holograph corrections of the printed work appear in pencil on pages 12 and 20.

Collection size: 12 items

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