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Poemes

et Reveries d'un Paien Mistiqe

par Louis Menard

FIRST EDITION

1895 - Paris - Librairie de L'Art Independant

7.5" x 5", 328pp

 

DETAILS

Leatherbound volume with gilt title to the spine, marble paper covered boards and marble paper pastedowns.

Louis-Nicolas Mnard (18221901) was a French man of letters also known for his discovery of collodion.

He was born in Paris. His versatile genius occupied itself in turn with chemistry, poetry, painting and history. In 1843 he published, under the pseudonym of L. de Senneville, a translation of Promethee delivri. Turning to chemistry, he discovered collodion in 1846, but its value was not recognized at the time; and its application later to surgery and photography brought him no advantage.

Mnard was a socialist, always in advance of the reform movements of his time. After 1848 he was condemned to imprisonment for his Prologue d'une rvolution. He escaped to London, returning to Paris only in 1852. Until 1860 he occupied himself with classical studies, the fruits of which are to be seen in his Pomes (1855), Polythisme hellnique (1863), and two academic theses, De sacra poesi graecorum and La Morale avant les philosophes (1860).

The next ten years Menard spent chiefly among the Barbizon artists, and he exhibited several pictures. He was in London at the time of the Paris Commune, and defended it with his pen. In 1887 he became professor at the cole des Arts dcoratifs, and in 1895 professor of universal history at the Htel de Ville in Paris. His Rveries d'un paien mystique (1876), which contained sonnets, philosophical dialogues and some stories, was followed in 1896 by Pomes et rveries d'un paien mystique. Mnard died in Paris on the 9th of February 1901.

His works include: Histoire des anciens peuples de l'Orient (1882); Histoire des Israelites d'apres l'exgse biblique (1883), and Histoire des Grecs (1884-1886). There is an appreciation of Mnard in the opening chapter of Maurice Barre's Voyage de Sparte.

This volume bears the bookplate of The Right Hon. Sir Ronald Charles Lindsay. He served as British Ambassador to the United States of America from 1929 to 1939.

CONDITION

The binding is tight and firm. There is some wear to the extremities including rubbing to the edges of the boards and spine. Internally the pages are slightly age-toned, as is usual with this paper. There is a bookplate to the front pastedown. Overall the volume is in very good condition.

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