GASPARD DE LA NUIT: FANTASIES IN THE MANNER OF REMBRANDT AND CALLOT. Translated from the French and Presented by Donald Sidney-Fryer. [Encino]: A Black Coat Press Book, . Octavo, illustrations by Aloysius Bertrand, pictorial wrappers. First edition in English. Bertrand's masterpiece. "First published in late 1842, GASPARD DE LA NUIT -- more than a year and a half after its author's death -- formally began the supremely French literary genre of the poem in prose ..." (introduction, p. 13). Includes a 4-page foreword by T. E. D. Klein and 53-page introduction by Sidney-Fryer. Only 20 copies of the 1842 first edition of GASPARD DE LA NUIT were sold. Nevertheless, the French Romantic poet Louis Jacques Napoléon Bertrand, better known by his pen name Aloysius Bertrand (1807-1841), became a cult author for the Symbolists and later, in the twentieth-century, for the Surrealists. Max Jacob brought attention to Bertrand by making him the inventor of prose poetry. Afterwards, the Surrealists contributed to his fame, especially André Breton who referenced him in his 1924 "Surrealist Manifesto." Trade paperback format. A fine copy. (#164733).
"First Printing. May 2004" on copyright page.