Selected Writings
  • Selected Writings


    Gerard de Nerval. 


    New York: Grove Press, 1957. Octavo. Black boards with modest rubbing to the fore edge of the front board. Pages are age-toned. Unclipped jacket has a bit of rubbing to the heel and crown of the spine and minor toning to the back cover. First limited edition. This is copy number 224 of 250 signed by the translator. Near fine.


    “You see spirits who talk to you in broad daylight, at night you see perfectly shaped, perfectly distinct phantoms, you think you remember having lived in other forms, you imagine you are growing very tall and that your head is touching the stars, the horizon of Saturn and Jupiter spreads before your eyes, bizarre creatures appear before you with all the characteristics of real beings . . . If the mind has to become completely unhinged in order to place us in communication with another world, it is clear that the mad will never be able to prove to the sane how blind they are, to say the very least!”