Finely bound example of the works of Pierre Louÿs; elaboratley bound and illustrated
Aphrodite, Les Chansons de Bilitis, Psyche, Le Femme et Le Pantin, Les Aventures Du Roi Pausole, Poèmes Libris.
Item Number: 96142
Paris: Les Editions De L'Ibis, 1925.
Deluxe illustrated limited edition of Louÿs’ works. Quartos, 6 volumes bound in full morocco with gilt titles to the spine, gilt ruled compartments, raised bands, gilt decorations within gilt frames to the front panel of each volume, silk endleaves, top edge gilt, each volume illustrated with colored engravings by Gau Sala, Hilaire, Brenot, Letellier, Doré, and Joffrin. Limited edition, one of 4800 sets. Each volume in near fine condition and housed in a custom cardboard silk-covered slipcase. Rare and desirable.
Through his writings, Louÿs sought to "express pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." Perhaps his best-known work, Les Chansons de Bilitis, is a collection of erotic, essentially lesbian, poetry first published in 1894. The work is considered a pseudotranslation, as Louÿs claimed it to be his translation of the original poems of Bilitis, a courtesan of Sappho in Ancient Greece. The work was eventually exposed as a literary fraud, this did little, however, to taint its literary value as an open celebration of lesbian sexuality.