Two great figures of Romanticism

Le More de Venise – Othello


ORIGINAL EDITION of the verse translation by Alfred de Vigny.

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Le More de Venise - Othello tragedy translated from Shakespeare into French verse by Alfred de Vigny and performed at the Comédie Française on 24 October 1829.

FIRST EDITION of the verse translation by Alfred de Vigny.


"to Mr Ulric Guttinguer
a token of friendship and admiration
Alfred de Vigny".

Written between October 1828 and June 1829, The More of Venicethe takeover ofOthello marks the beginning of the poet's short dramatic career. Considered to be Vigny's only true translation, it bears the hallmark of a certain artistic freedom claimed by the Romantic movement. The premiere, on 24 October 1829, drew applause, laughter and whistles. Vigny concluded: "So for the first time, the issue of stylistic reform has been successfully resolved; now it will be a question of men. ".
The edition opens with a Letter to Lord*** Earl Of***This was a new manifesto for Romanticism.

Ulric Guttinguer (1787-1866), one of Victor Hugo's oldest literary friends, was a member of the first cenacle and a precursor of Romanticism. As early as 1824, his speech to L'académie de Rouen marked the transition from classicism to romanticism: "May we be forgiven for wishing that our young literature be encouraged to try new paths, rather than dragged back harshly, as I witness every day, along the beaten and worn-out roads of its predecessors.... The aim of the innovators is obvious: they want the altars to be adorned with poetry, our historical memories to be revived, our times to be known, our God and our country to be sung .... "

As a contributor to the Muse Française and a friend of Vigny, Musset and above all Sainte-Beuve, Guttinguer embodied the image of the Romantic man, wounded by life and love, prey to fate. With Sainte-Beuve, he wrote the first joint version of Voluptuousnesswhich he later developed into a novel, Arthura confession of a sentimental experience.

A fine copy, luxuriously bound in full contemporary stamped calf.


references : 
Le More de Venise, a play by Alfred de VignyCatherine Faivre d'Arcier and Sophie Vanden Abeele-Marchal.

Paris,Levasseur,1830.In-8, Bound,200 pp.

Contemporary binding. Full green calf, spine with broad bands decorated with friezes and fillets, boards decorated with cold framing and fillets, marbled boards.
Own restorations of the jaws.


Alfred de Vigny

(born on 27 March 1797 in Loches - died on 17 September 1863 in Paris 8th)

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