Feux. Marguerite Yourcenar, Marguerite Cleenewerck de Crayencour.
An Association Copy


Paris: Éditions Bernard Grasset, 1935. Association copy, inscribed by Yourcenar to Gonzague Truc. First edition. In publisher’s wrappers, printed in red and black. 214, (10) p. Cover dusted, shipped at edges, slightly worn at spine. Pages yellowed due to aging, a few underlines and notes in red pencil throughout (probably by Truc), otherwise clean. Overall in fine condition.

Presentation copy of Yourcenar’s early volume inscribed to the literary critic Gonzague Truc. Beside the friendly dedication, Yourcenar also quoted Plato’s Symposium: “L’amant est plus divin, que l’objet aimé, car il est inspiré de Dieu” (The lover is more divine than the beloved because he is inspired by God).

One of the scarcest books by Marguerite Yourcenar (1903–1987), the Belgian-born French author, who was the first women elected to the Académie française in 1980.

Inscribed to Gonzague Truc (1877–1972) the French literary critic, essayist, and biographer, who held a lecture about Yourcenar’s oeuvre already in the 1939, which was only published in 1979 (L’oeuvre de Marguerite Yourcenar: 1929–1938. In: Études Littéraires [Canada]. Volume 12, No. 1. April 1979. pp. 11–27.).


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