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Les Chansons de Bilitis
Pierre Louÿs
with illustrations by Joseph Kuhn-Régnier

Kra, Paris
no 2937 of limited edition of 3,300 on Marais vellum


Pages: 300
Height: 21.0 cm    Width: 15.5 cm

Condition: Good

Our ref: 001110

Price: £30.00
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Lesbian Interest      Plays and Poetry            français

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Boards (light blue with silver decoration and lettering): fading, rubbing, discolouring. Page edges: dusty, unevenly cut. Endpapers: pencil notes. Binding loose in some places. Pages browning / mottled but otherwise clean.

Les Chansons de Bilitis is a collection of erotic poetry by Pierre Louÿs published in Paris in 1894. The book's sensual poems are in the manner of Sappho; the introduction claims they were found on the walls of a tomb in Cyprus, written by a woman of Ancient Greece called Bilitis, a courtesan and contemporary of Sappho, to whose 'life' Louÿs dedicated a small section of his book. On publication, the volume deceived even the most expert of scholars. Though the poems were actually clever fabulations, authored by Louÿs himself, they are still considered important literature.
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Wikipedia en français au sujet des Chansons

Pierre Louÿs (10 December 1870 — 6 June 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. continued on Wikipedia
Wikipedia en français au sujet de Louÿs

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According to, the works of Joseph Kuhn-Régnier (1873-1940) were recognisable from his figurative treatment of people inspired by Greek art and the Classical period. Many of his designs were inspired by mythology and ancient art frescos. Towards the end of his career he was a caricaturist and designer for advertisements for La Vie Parisienne and Fantasio.

The first full English translation of the Songs is available here
A slightly later English language edition from the Fortune Press is available here

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