Wednesday, 19 March 2008

16 gousse (plus)

may 2004
148mm x 210mm
4 pages, printed cover
6 copies

A response to the unexpected gift of the d'Antin Mss - Mots d'Heures: Gousse, Rames, which since its publication in 1966 has proved an enigma to scholars and amateurs alike. This publication appends three poems sourced from a recent find in the British Library, of three loose leaves tucked into the uncut pages of a second edition of Denis Diderot's Jacques le Fataliste, and which were found to be of the same paper (Canson et Montgolfier, watermarked 1788) as the original Mots d'Heures. Uniquely, as well as two pieces in French, a poem written in English was found, whose subject matter distinguishing the writer as a well-versed (or at least well-travelled) person. The three new poems are presented with explanatory footnotes.

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