A Maman. Poeme. - Lucie Delarue-Mardrus
A Maman. Poeme.
First edition. 154pp. Buff printed wrappers in a contemporary binding of red marbled boards with red morocco spine. Paris: Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1920.
The front wrapper a little marked, otherwise fine.
This volume of poetry by Lucie Delarue-Mardrus is dedicated in 'faithful friendship' to Robert de Montesquiou. Comte Robert de Montesquiou was a French Symbolist poet, art collector and dandy, reputed to have provided inspiration for the character of Jean des Esseintes in Joris-Karl Huysmans’ À rebours as well as for the Baron de Charlus in Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu.
Lucie Delarue-Mardrus was invited to give one of her first public readings by Robert de Montesquiou at his lavishly decorated mansion home in Neuilly known as ‘Le pavilion des Muses’. The book is inscribed thus: "A Robert de Montesquiou, ces vers que je voulais lui faire connaitre avant tout le monde - en grave et fidele amitie. L. Delarue-Mardrus"