Paris, n°1 (15 Février) – n°2 (1er Avril) – n°3 (1er Mai) 1874.
3 issues large 8vo [254 x 163 mm] paginated without interruption from 1 to 224. Preserved in the original green printed wrappers. Slight foxing. Marbled paper chemise and slipcase.
Rare first edition, complete with the 3 issues, of this outstanding literary review started by Charles Cros.
The Revue du Monde Nouveau is issued every month and presents original unpublished works by talented poets, painters, sculptors, prose writers, musicians, scholars…
The review was financed by Nina de Villard and directed by Charles Cros and Henri Mercier. There were only 3 issues published, in February, April and May 1874. The real object of this literary publication was to discover new talents.
Numerous writers contributed to this review: Théodore de Banville, Antoine Cros, Léon Dierx, Leconte de Lisle, Sully Prudhomme, Mallarmé, Léon Cladel, Zola, Charles Cros, Henri Mercier, Cressonnois, Cabaner, Léon Valade, Hérédia, Germain Nouveau, Alphonse Daudet, Polémon, Villiers de L’isle-Adam.
Some very interesting texts were published in this review, from the first issue, such as Mallarmé’s essay in prose entitled Le Démon de l’analogie, or the first publication of the Convive inconnu by Villiers de l’Isle-Adam. Le Candidat par Gustave Flaubert, written by Villiers de l’Isle-Adam was also published in this review for the first time.
The review is illustrated with 4 engravings after drawings by Manet (Une Parisienne), Préault (Jacques Coeur), Henri Cros (Madame Viole) and H. Rousseau (Mariano de Padilla).
Rare first edition of this literary review preserved as it was issued, in its original green printed wrappers.