ERAGNY PRESS. RONSARD, Pierre de. ~ Choix de Sonnets. [Chosen Sonnets]
Wood engraved frontispiece, border and 77 initial letters deisgned by Lucien Pissarro and engraved by Esther Pissarro. One of 226 copies printed in black and red in Vale type on Arches paper with the Eragny watermark. 8vo., quarter bound in pale grey paper, title in gilt on top left hand corner, hawthorn blossom patterned paper covered sides. Spine mildly darkened with a little wear to the top, usual browning to free endpapers but a very good, bright and unopened copy.
The great sixteenth century French poet Ronsard was one of Pissarro’s favourite writers, particularly enjoying his amatory verse and his long series of odes and sonnets to Cassandre, Pikles, Genevre and Helene, 76 of which are exceptionally printed in this book.
The frontispiece image of a girl picking flowers was one of which Pissarro was proud. The image also appears in the frontispiece of Bacon’s Essay and Lucien sent a coloured version to the Gazette des Beaux-Arts in 1910 using the same line block and adding four colour blocks.