First edition of this collection of poems by Verlaine. Carteret, II, 428; Clouzot, p. 267.
This collection is actually the last part of the religious polyptich formed by Sagesse, Amour and Parallèlement. The idea of this collection dates from October 1885, but we will have to wait until April 1887 so that Verlaine tackles this “Christian” work. Between May 1887 and the end of April 1891, date of its publication in the bookshops, the poet hesitated to confide it to his usual editor, preferring Albert Savine to whom the poet gave up in 1888 the right to publish the work. Finally, he entrusted Vanier with the publication of Bonheur after having fallen out with the contacted editor.
A beautiful copy preserved in its morocco binding with morocco doublures and its wrappers bound in.
Provenance: from the collections Brayat and H. Bradley Martin with their ex-libris.