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This copy is one of sixty hardcover copies Catulle Mend s a key member of the 19th century French Decadent literary movement wrote novels poems tales plays and essays He also write many charming fables This collection includes 25 of his fables If you enjoy fables and if you can ead French the book is available on if you can ead Spanish the book is available via the link below With some help from Goggle translate here is my translation the very first in English of one of my favoritesBEAUTIFUL WORLDAt that time and in that country if young women knew they were attractive they did not know than by word of mouth since all the mirrors large or small hanging on the walls or taken in hand would break into pieces when young women looked into them And do you know why all those mirrors broke Because although only objects they were desperate not to be the mirror in which the Princess Amarante gazed at her perfectly formed lips heavenly eyes or the flower in her sun streaked hairFor a hundred miles around however much as they tried nobody found a lady whose beauty was comparable to the princess She was the admiration of all men animals or things Not even the king her father and his little dog could help admiring her beauty If she stayed a few hours without crossing the oom where the nations of the court were meeting those courtly members were sick with sadness When she did not go for her usual walk in the park the balsam and hyacinths became sad and forlorn asking How long will this darkness lastMost egrettably the princess was at least as bad as she was beautiful Although she had deep blue eyes softened by delicious light this did not prevent outbursts of anger that shook the whole world And although her mouth had the sweetness of a friendly pink peach she would often want to bite off pieces of other people s flesh And alas her anger was not her biggest flaw she was jealous She possessed chests of jade gold pearls and diamonds but she would turn pale with age if she saw one or two drops of dew on a morning primrose or some cheap jewelry around the neck of a poor person With such a closed heart she plunged the most handsome and Omnibus Films richest men of the earth in despair men who could not gaze on her beauty without loving her The toll was great no less than twelve suitors were left to die of grief for not having obtained her hand in marriageIIOne day she was playing hide and seek with her ladies on the lawn this was a game very popular in those days in court when she heard two pages that were walking along a nearby trail hidden behind a bush talking among themselves of a wonderful bird who appeared according to the accounts of travelers as a fire gemstone in flight And this bird had its nest on the highest top of a barren mountain in the land of the AlgonuinsOn hearing this despite having twenty aviaries of all species of exotic birds she wanted to own this unknown bird. Bluebirds by Catulle Mendès 1841 1909 here delightfully translated for the first time into English by Brian Stableford is fascinating not only because it illustrates a particular evolution within the pattern of the author’s own works but because that patterneflects a general one associated with the evolution from the French Romanticism of the first half of the nineteenth century to the Decadent and Symbolist Movemen.

She sent for a prince to conuer the territory inhabited by the unknown bird a prince who had Graeco-Egyptian Magick remained gloomy in court for than a year He was the nephew of Emperor Trebizonde as young and as handsome as a spring morning To win the favor of the princess he had engaged in dangerous feats had won the toughest tests but he was neverewarded for his love and devotionAfter being summoned when the prince arrived she told him Sir please go forth to fetch the bird that looks like a fire gemstone and that has its nest in the mountains of the Algonuin And if you bring that bird to me maybe I will give you the opportunity to kiss the tip of my pinkyOh Madam he exclaimed It is known in the distant solitude that bird is guarded by a thousand fierce eagles with talons and beaks of iron that would immediately tear apart the strongest and bravest of anyone who was foolish enough to approach Furious Amarante broke off a ose stem with her hands and asked Why are you mentioning this I thought sir that you were a man He bowed and walked away briskly Such was his courage such was his desire to earn the promised eward for which he would face a thousand fierce eagles A few days had passed the mountains were less far off than what was commonly believed When he eturned he brought the bird perched on his fist like a tame falcon the wonderful bird made of living stones But much to his discouragement the princess with an air of disdain said the winged little animal was not worth its eputation However she agreed to pet the bird of living stones two or three times But cruel tyrant that she was she did not let him kiss the tip of her pinky nor did she even notice that the prince a victor over a thousand eagles had his forehead cheeks neck and hands torn to shreds The prince esigned and etired without a protestIIIAnd that was not the only danger to which she exposed the prince As she had wanted an unparalleled emerald she commanded that he must descend into the bowels of the earth and conuer a crowd of gnomes armed with flaming torches He eturned full of burns Again cruel tyrant that she was the princess efused to accept the fine stone and promised the prince nothingOn another occasion she demanded he pluck for her in the lands of a fearsome sorcerer a flower that sang like a nightingale The singing flower grew in an immense forest where all branches were spears The prince however eturned after suffering a thousand punctures and almost dying The princess agreed to hear the song of the flower but had no intention of letting the emperor s nephew kiss her pinky The price never complained happy to suffer without the least ewardIVOne morning when she was playing out on the lawn with her bridesmaids the princess overheard two palace officers talking behind a door They spoke of a fair beautiful maiden exuisite than any fairy or any women on earth a fair maiden that was being held captive. Ts of the fin de siècle Mendès was one of the key figures in the latter phases of that process of development launching his literary career in the 1860s under the patronage of Théophile Gautier whose daughter Judith he married much against her father’s wishes in 1866 and then becoming a leading figure among the “Parnassians” who attempted a enewal and evivification of Romantic ideals before he entered wholehea.

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In a bronze castle by an African giant This maiden was so perfect that she was called Beautiful World simply to say that no one on earth was beautiful than she Thinking they could not be overheard the officers commented that compared to this young maiden their Princess Amarante was nothing than a kind of monstrosity At hearing these words the princess smashed four Chinese vases into small pieces with her furious fists Ha The prettiest girl alive someone other than herself that was something she could never tolerateShe seized upon the idea of subjecting this maiden known as Beautiful World to the most horrific torture Never could anyone compete with her in beauty Thus she commanded the prince yet again Lord bring back to me the most beautiful maiden in the world that is held captive in a house of bronze by an African giant And if you succeed I swear that this time I will not eject your kissing the tip of my pinky Oh exclaimed one of the bridesmaids Do you not know my princess that in that distant castle Beautiful World is guarded by a thousand warriors with tiger and lion heads and will dismember and devour any fool who oams nearby Even an innumerable army of heroes brandishing spears could never destroy these monsters that never sleeps With such horrors it would not be the fault of the prince if he efuses to obey your whim Amarante spat on both cheeks of the compassionate bridesmaid Then turning to the prince said And what sir have you not seen Be gone and do as I command The prince lowered his head and left After an absence of several months the prince appeared again before the princess He was in such a state that would move the most atrocious heart since his suit hung in torn ags deep wounds lacerated all his flesh and he lacked one arm an arm he certainly left in the jaws of one of the warriors headed lions or tigers But the pride of victory was in his eyes and the sparkle of his gorgeous golden hair Following behind him among some African slaves on the back of an elephant was a tent of yellow velvet with long golden fringe Welcome said princess Amarante if you bring Beautiful World I do bring her he said In the palanuin Yes Show her to me The prince approached the elephant as the animal kneeled down Once the velvet yellow cloth was pulled away the princess beheld a stunningly beautiful maiden dressed in snow and gold which eminded her of the sun in all its magnificencePrincess Amarante gave a cry that was at once both joy and age Joy because she was so happy to have in her possession the object of her hatred the maiden who mocked her by her incomparable beauty Now at this point the princess could not help but admire the prince s courage and said You will not only have my pinky to kiss but I will give you my whole hand and my whole person You shall be king of my kingdom and the husband of my bed And the princess then signaled to the officers and se. Rtedly into the Decadent Movement launched in the 1880s The stories in the present collection extend over a linear spectrum moving by degrees from the affected sentimentality of Romanticism to a darker and somewhat jaundiced world view that illustrates the Decadent sensibility very well although all the stories were written in advance of the enormous fashionability that the sensibility in uestion achieved in the late 188.