The tactile emphasis in this book’s printing and papers echoes the sensuousness appropriate to a love story.
Laure Albin Guillot wanted to produce a book that illustrated contemporary literature with photographs of equal quality and was itself a work of art. She chose to illustrate Paul Valéry’s poem Fragments de Narcisse, 1919–22, based on the myth of a beautiful young hunter who falls in love with his own reflection in a pond and is driven to suicide by the futility of his unrequited love.
Qu’ils sont beaux, de mes bras les dons vastes et vaines!
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