1937 Scarce French Book - REGARDS et JEUX DANS L'ESPACE, SIGNED by ST-DENYS-GARNEAU. FIRST EDITION.
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Author: Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau.
Title: REGARDS et JEUX DANS L'ESPACE. Jeux - Enfants - Esquisses en plein air - Deux paysages - De gris en plus noir - Sans titre - Accompagnement.
Language: Text in French.
Publisher: Montréal, 1937. First Edition. SIGNED by St-Denys-Garneau.
Size: 7 "X 5 ".
Pages: 75 pages.
Binding: Very good original soft cover (paper) binding (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed with spine slightly darkened - as shown) under a removable protective mylar cover. A rare find in any condition!
Content: Very good, near fine content (bright, tight, and clean, SIGNED by St-Denys-Garneau the author on the first endpaper - as shown).
Estimate: (Scarce with no or few other copies available worldwide)
The book: Attractive and scarce first edition SIGNED by St-Denys-Garneau of Regards et Jeux dans l'espace. It was published in March 1937 and received a rather cold reception from critics, which (we like to believe,) would have deeply shaken the author. However "contrary to what has been said, Garneau is in no way discouraged by the critical reception: What is to be feared here is the silence he wrote. Also, a month after the publication, "he even undertook, which is completely surprising on his part, an advertising 'campaign' to publicize his book and even then, Garneau did not foresee any particular difficulty in terms of critical reception." De Saint-Denys Garneau constructed the book according to a very meticulous plan: the layout of the titles and sections in no way determines the layout of the poems. Moreover, one must constantly leave the text and its comprehension and jump to the table of contents to know the titles, the numbers or the order of the poems, since in the text some are titled, others not. These choices are not arbitrary, the table of contents of the original edition having been meticulously prepared by de Saint-Denys Garneau. Looks and Plays in space is composed of twenty-eight poems and divided into seven sections, unified, when we add "Accompaniment", unnumbered, at the end of the seventh section, entitled "Untitled". As Romain Légaré underlines: “the book is supported, like a vital necessity, by an indestructible law, that of the unity of opposites”.
A scarce find for this major Quebec poetry book.
The author: Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau (June 13, 1912 – October 24, 1943) was a French Canadian poet and painter, who "was posthumously hailed as a herald of the Quebec literary renaissance of the 1950s". He has been called Quebec's "first truly modern poet".
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1937 Scarce French Book - REGARDS et JEUX DANS L'ESPACE, SIGNED by ST-DENYS-GARNEAU. FIRST EDITION. Price List