Tag Archives: Alfred de Vigny

Design on my desk.

It’s pretty unnecessary to state that I was supremely excited to receive the following Pelican 1969 edition of R.D. Laing’s Divided Self last week. In fact, I posted an image of a very similar edition last month and drooled over the cover design.

If all book covers were as cool as this, I probably wouldn’t mind that they’re strewn all over/next to/around my desk. And couch. And bed. And life.

And here are the covers of a couple of my old stand-bys: two texts by Alfred de Vigny from the 19th century. Stello (1832) and the play Chatterton (1835), which I’m currently translating into English.

These Garnier-Flammarion paperbacks from 1984 (Stello) and 1968 (Chatterton) are the first copies I ever purchased of each text. I now own three versions of Stello and four of Chatterton. You could say I love them.

Here’s another Stello paperback (Garnier 1970), frolicking next to Laing:

Yellows and blues and greens throughout the whole lot. Conspiracy?

French Friday (on Saturday): I saw the sign

All photos below ©Words&Eggs.wordpress.com, taken by me, either in Angoulême or Paris, France. 

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Please Sign Here

I love discovering the handwriting of my most cherished writers. And I like to delude myself into thinking that a writer’s autograph reveals top-secret, mind-blowing info, only to me. Usually that exclusive info conveniently coincides with my preconceived notions about the personality of the author, thereby proving that my stellar investigative work is nothing if not accurate and well-informed.

Does the signature slant to the right? If so, I bet that author would have been my friend were I to live at their time. Does it slant to the left? Well, they would have wanted to be my friend too, but it might have required more of an effort on their part. Especially with regard to their predilection toward derby hats. See how it works?

I am also interested in the legibility and crispness of the script — or if it’s not script at all. Are there flourishes or extreme angles? If so, then I’m pretty sure you like Picasso. And absinthe.

It must be stated that I’ve never read one of those books on handwriting analysis, but I have no doubt it would become an instant obsession of mine. And I’d probably take creative license in my interpretations of preferred authors.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to display a little series of authors’ signatures. There are so many I love, so… please do not judge the order or omissions… There will be many more to come.

Now then, Part One of my Signature Series: