VALERY, PAUL. 1871-1945.
1. Variete. Paris: Nouvelle Revue Francaise, 1924. 4to. Felt covered boards, morocco spine label, original printed wrappers bound in. Wrappers toned, spine mildly sunned, label slightly scuffed. Limited edition, one of 20 hors commerce copies specially bound with subscriber's name printed on limitation page and with an autograph leaf bound in.
2. Charmes. Paris: Nouvelle Revue Francaise, 1926. 8vo. Quarter vellum. Limited edition, one of 30 hors commerce copies with the subscriber's name printed on limitation page and with an autograph leaf bound in.
3. Propos sur l'intelligence. Paris: A L'Enseigne de La Porte Etroite, 1926. 8vo. Original wrappers. Limited edition, one of 30 copies reserved for the friends of Valery.
Provenance: Lucien and Elizabeth Henraux (presentation inscriptions and limitation pages; by descent to present owner).
THREE HORS COMMERCE COPIES INSCRIBED BY VALERY. In Varietie Valery begins his 19 line inscription to his friend, the Parisian art collector and socialite Lucien Henraux (1877-1926), "Je voudrais, cher ami, vous faire ici un petit dessin. / Mais je suis intimide par l'ouvre de Degas...." Valery had good reason to be intimidated, as Henraux was the owner of several of Degas' drawings. Charmes.... and Propos are inscribed to Lucien's wife, "a Elizabeth Heuraux / tristement / P.V." and "a Elisabeth Heuraux, / avec les amities ... de son ami / P.V.", respectively, both in the year of her husband's death.