Paul Verlaine. Parallelement. Paris: Ambrose Vollard, 1900.

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McDermott.

Praised as epoch-making and a pinnacle of the French illustrated book, Parallelement became the first important livre de peintre of this century and proved exemplary in the collaboration of artist, publisher, and printer. Pierre Bonnard’s 108 rose lithographs, printed by Auguste Clot, were unusual for this early date. The poems are a miscellany drawn from Verlaine’s life, but Parallelement was the first book of the twentieth century in which the illustrations equaled or surpassed the text and made a graphic statement of their own.

 

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