Anacreon was a Greek lyric poet of the 6th century B.C.E. who wrote on both serious and frivolous subjects. Numerous post-classical Greek poets wrote in his style and many of their works were erroneously attributed to him during the Renaissance. In fact, his work was so widely imitated that poems in the style of his work became known in English as Anacreontics. This book contains a French translation completed in 1861 by Leconte de Lisle, a leading French poet of the late 19th century.

In this edition, the poems are accompanied by fifty black-and-white lithographs by André Derain whose interest in ancient Greek art and literature developed in the 1930s and was maintained for the rest of his life. Many of the prints portray figures from Greek mythology and some of them are full-page illustrations.  The book was published just a year before Derain’s death.

Printed on Rives paper with deckled edges, this book comes loose as issued in the original paper wrapper and glassine and with a cloth-covered chemise and slipcase. The chemise has a vellum spine that is stamped in gold with the title.

This book is numbered XLII from an edition of 70 copies numbered I – LXX plus an additional 130 numbered copies.

 

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