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Préludes poétiques

collection, pub:1827, action:1818




From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     This is a MS. Collection of verse wholly in Dumas' handwriting, written out for, and presented by him to, Mme. Mélanie Waldor. It consists of 150 pages, large 8vo., on Whatman paper bearing the watermark of 1819, and bound in violet morocco, with three gold rules on the cover and gilt edged. It is titled on the back : "Préludes Poétiques.—Alex. Dumas," and on the cover: " Mme. Waldor" in gold lettering.
     The first two pages are blank, the third bears the title : "Préludes Poétiques, par Alex Dumas," and the following epigraph :—
     "Dans la femme qu'on aime est tout notre génie." (l)
     On the final fly-leaf Dumas has written the twelve lines which form the epigraph of his "Comment je devins Auteur dramatique," they being an extract from his verses "À Toi" (which latter, strange to say, if we are to believe M. Édouard Fournier, was written for another fair lady).
     The body of the work comprises the following 16 pieces, of which all but a couple are among his most familiar poetical efforts. In some cases the titles have been changed, and M. Glinel has noted a number of variants in almost every case.
       PAGES.
     1. Foy  5 to 22
     2. L'Enfant Malade  22 to 32
     3. Le Sylphe  33 to 36
     4. Canaris  37 to 46
     5. Le Mancenillier  47 to 52
     6. L'Aigle Blessé  53 to 58
     7. Souvenir  59 to 66
     8. Le Poète  67 to 74
     9. Leipsick  75 to 88
     10. La Nereide  89 to 96
     11. Le Signe de Croix  97 to 114
     12. Les Âmes  115 to 120
     13. Le Patre  121 to 128
     14. Rêverie  129 to 134
     15. La Lettre  135 to 138
     16. Les Génies  139 to 146
     This MS. was bequeathed to the Institut de France by the Vicomte de Spoelberch de Lovenjoul.
     (l) " In the woman one loves lies all our genias."

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