Lot 718:
JEAN COCTEAU (1889-1963)
AUTOGRAPH POEMS one of them illustrated. 3 autograph poems including one illustrated, entitled “La ronde des princes imberbes” and “L’Air des sept princes”. They are 3 versions of the same poem or 3 poems on the same theme, so important are the variants. One of them is on the same paper as “La Dame aux camélias” and “Comment mourut monsieur de Trèves”, and one is on the same paper as “The Child with Golden Knees”. One of the sheets is illustrated with 2 drawings, one of which reproduces a drawing by Dunoyer de Segonzac illustrating Scheherazade. 25x25 cm / 31x20 cm / 21x13.2 cm Jean Cocteau, born on 5 July 1889 in Maisons-Laffitte and died on 11 October 1963 in his home in Milly-la-Forêt, is a French poet, graphic designer, draughtsman, painter, playwright, choreographer and filmmaker from a family of the Parisian uppermiddle class. He published his first collection of poems at the age of 20. He was elected to the Académie française in 1955, in chair 31.
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