With a frontispiece by Matisse


Lettres à Lou.

Genève, Pierre Cailler, n.d. (1955).

Two volumes 4to, in sheets as issued in publisher’s white paper wrappers, raffia-paper-covered chemise, and slipcase. One volume of presentation text, 38 pp., (10) pp, with a preface by André Rouveyre and the table, 220 exact life-size facsimiles of autograph letters, notes, cards, and calligrammes, each presented in a dated paper chemise. Linocut frontispiece plate by Henri Matisse. Complete.

First edition, very rare.

One of less than 30 extant copies. The entire edition was pulped following a dispute with the heirs and the various persons interested in this correspondence, and only a few copies offered to the collaborators have survived.

Monumental unexpurgated facsimile edition, produced with extreme care, of the writer’s correspondence with his lover and muse Lou [Louise de Coligny-Châtillon] between 1914 and 1916. The poems in these letters were published separately in the same year by the same publisher under “Ombre de mon amour”.

A fine copy.