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[ Gabriel Joseph de Lavergne, comte de Guilleragues ]
Translate Lida Pickova, six original etchings and page layout Frantisek Vik, print Jaroslav Picka.
Praha, Jaroslav Picka, 1929.
16°, 59 pp. Sections sewn, orig. wrappers, orig. dust jacket.
Limited edition number 11 of 50 numbered copies. Handmade paper Pannekoek Holland. Six original fullpage etchings, one signed by the artist in pencil. - Dust jacket with small signs of wear, color fadig, very good condition. Sections sewn intact.

Gabriel Joseph de Lavergne, Comte de Guilleragues ( 18 November 1628 - 15 March 1684 )
French politician of the 17th century.
Les Lettres Portugaises were first published anonymously in Paris in 1669. The five passionate letters in book form were a publishing sensation since their appearance, with five editions in the first year, followed by more than forty editions throughout the 17th century.
A Cologne edition of 1669 stated that the Marquis de Chamilly was their addressee, but, aside from the fact that she was female, the author's name and identity remained unknown. The letters were translated in several languages, and set a precedent for sentimentalism in European culture at large, and for the literary genres of the sentimental novel and the epistolary novel into the 18th century. The interest in the Letters was so strong that the word "portugaise" became synonymous with "a passionate love-letter" in the 17th century. The authorship of the work was assigned to Mariana Alcoforado, a Portuguese nun, as early as the 18th century. During the 20th century, however, many scholars have supported the idea that they are a work of epistolary fiction written by Gabriel-Joseph de La Vergne, comte de Guilleragues, a French politician. Nevertheless, any doubts about the authorship do not detract from the beauty and power of the letters themselves, presented here in a prose translation.

Frantisek Igor Vik ( 21 May 1895, Libcice nad Vltavou - 1957 )
Graphic artist, engraver, illustrator, typographer, Czechoslovak army officer, legionnaire in World War 1 in Russia.
Study: Umeleckoprumyslova skola v Praze..
Selected Solo Exhibitions: 1966, Frantisek Vik: Knizni grafika, Pamatnik narodniho pisemnictvi, Praha; 1967, Frantisek Vik: Knizni grafika, ilustrace, obrazy, Galerie vytvarneho umeni v Chebu.
Selected Group Exhibition: 1945, Vystava vyberu zachranenych obrazu a plastik ze sbirek musea Pamatniku osvobozeni, Pavilon Jednoty vytvarnych umelcu, Praha.
Selected Literature:
1989, Maly slovnik bibliofila; 1993, Novy slovnik ceskoslovenskych vytvarnych umelcu (II. dil; L - Z); Slovnik ceskych a slovenskych vytvarnych umelcu 1950-2008. XIX. dil., Ostrava, Vytvarne centrum Chagall, 2008; Paleta maliru v Cechach, na Morave a Slezsku, Praha, Powerprint, 2017.

Jaroslav Picka ( 30 January 1897, Praha - 26 June 1957, Praha )
Czech printer and private publisher prints.