Mireio, Pouemo Prouvencau / Mireille, Poeme Provencal
Mistral's poem in both French and Prouvencau
Reprint, hardback rebound in blue half-leather by Hatchette of London, with five raised bands and gilt titling to spine. Top edge gilt. 19 × 12cm, 511pp. French (recto) & Provencal (verso) text.
Mirèio is a poem in Occitan by French poet Frédéric Mistral written in 1859. Mirèio is the daughter of a rich farmer. She is in love with a modest basketmaker, Vincènt. Her father disapproves of the relationship and seeks other suitors. Mirèio, in despair, escapes from her house to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. There she prays to the saints that her father will accept her relationship with Vincènt. The way is hard and unbearably hot. At the end, the saints appear to Mirèio. They tell her of their happiness in Paradise, and Mirèio dies in peace.
Frederic Mistral (1830–1914), was a leading figure in Le Felibrige, an association of Provencal poets.
This copy is in good plus condition. There is light wear to the leather at the head of the spine and a little sun-fading. The pages are age-toned but the inner binding is secure.