A Wonderful Presentation Copy
With Strong Associations
ROSTAND, Edmond. Cyrano de Bergerac. Comédie Héroïque en Cinq Actes en Vers. Représentée à Paris, sur le Théâtre de la Porte Sante-Martin, le 28 décembre 1897. Paris: Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1898.
First edition. Presented, and with a warm inscription on the half-title, by Rostand to prolific French author, novelist and playwright Auguste Germain (1862-1915) who devoted the majority of his non-stage work to fiction and non-fiction writings about the theatrical world, its customs and denizens: "à Monsieur Auguste Germain avec la vive reconnaissance de son tout dévoue. Edmond Rostand." (" With deep gratitude for all his devotion"). Theatrical colleagues, Rostand provided a foreword or preface to a selection of Germain's books. Octavo (7 5/8 x 5 1/8 in; 194 x 132 mm). , 14-225, [3, blank] pp. Includes three pieces of Rostand/Cyrano ephemera: two c. 1970 booklets from Comédie Francaise and a notice of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2002 benefit production of Cyrano.
Bound ca. 1950 by Jean Raymond in three-quarter maroon morocco. Four raised bands pointillé-ruled in gilt. Five gilt lettered and decorated compartments. Top edge gilt. Original green paper printed wrappers bound in. Housed within a red cloth chemise and slipcase.
Together with an Als, housed within a red cloth chemise, from Rostand to Felix Duquesnel: (In translation) "I must thank you once more. Believe me, I am indebted to you for the new production of Cyrano. My wife joins me in thanking you and sending our best regards. All yours, Edmond Rostand"
Renowned Parisian theatrical impresario Felix Duquesnal (1832-1915) was co-director of the celebrated Théâtre Odeon. At the Odeon, he signed Sarah Bernhardt to her first contract and under his guidance the actress became the greatest stage performer of her generation. Duquesnel stood at the center of the Paris' theatrical world and The Divine Sarah would premiere the role of Cyrano's love, Roxanne.
Both volume and ALs housed within individual red cloth slipcases with gilt lettered black morocco spine labels. Very fine.
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