YOURCENAR (Marguerite)Suite d’Estampes pour Kou-Kou-Haï. Gravures sur bois par Nancy McCormick.
(Seal Harbour, Maine), High Loft, (31 July) 1980.
Large 8vo, publisher’s lettered brown paper boards, gilt leather spine label. 19 pp., (6) pp. Four-page English translation (by August Heckscher with the author’s collaboration) loosely inserted in the volume. Complete.
Decorated capital letters and 3 full-page colour woodcuts by the American artist Nancy McCormick.
First Edition in book form.
Beautiful book privately printed at the High Loft Press founded in 1978 on Mount Desert island where the author lived.
For those interested in French literature, advocates of social justice, lovers of the natural world, and celebrity worshipers alike, the name Marguerite Yourcenar shines with special lustre in our time. Born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1903, Marguerite de Crayencour (whence the anagram she adopted as her pen name) was to become the internationally acclaimed author of Memoirs of Hadrian, The Abyss, and many other distinguished works. She lived the years of her creative maturity, from 1950 until her death in 1987, at Petite Plaisance, the residence she shared with Grace Frick in Northeast Harbor, Maine. On January 22, 1981, she was the first of her sex to be inducted into the prestigious Académie Française since its founding by Cardinal Richelieu in 1635.
One of 180 numbered copies of a total issue of 200 copies.