Paris (LYmagier), 1895.. 28, (4)pp. 3 illus. by Gourmont (including 1 original linocut, on the title-page). 2 additional original linocuts by Gourmont, printed in teal green, on front and back covers. Sq. 8vo. Dec. blue wraps., printed in green with linocuts by Gourmont. Unspecified very small limited edition, printed on uncut laid paper. One of the most beautiful publications of Gourmonts and Alfred Jarrys short-lived review LYmagier, Phocas is a fable of a youthful gardener, martyred for his faith in fourth-century Sinope. Gourmonts visual imagery is meant to evoke the early Christian mode of the text, in a primitivized style drawn from Gauguin and the Pont-Aven artists, particularly Charles Filiger and Jarry, whose Minutes de sable mémorial, illustrated with woodcuts of his own, had just appeared. Phocas, plaquette in-seize raisin tirée à un très petit nombre, est aujourdhui lun des opuscules les plus rares de la collection gourmontienne (B. Guégan and J. Mégret, Remy de Gourmont typographe). A very fine copy. (Inventory #: B75945-2)
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