Mireille Havet (1898, Médan, Yvelines - 1932) was a French poet, diarist, novelist, and lyricist. She wrote lyrics for songs composed by John Alden Carpenter and intended for Éva Gauthier. She wrote a novel, Carnaval, published in 1923. She was friends with Jean Cocteau and Colette, who referred to her as “la petite poyétesse”. Her diary, which she kept from 1913 to 1929, was only found again in 1995, and published in 2003.
The Chansonnier Cordiforme (1470s) or Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu is a cordiform (heart-shaped) music manuscript. Manuscript on parchment. Opens into a butterfly composed of the hearts of the two lovers who send love messages to one another in each one of the songs. The songs in French and Italian, written for different voices, are the work of some of the finest medieval composers. When the word “heart” appears in the texts, it is represented by a delicate pictogram.
The imitation of Christ, 1889. Bound in crushed morocco, gilt-tooled doublures, satin endpapers, by Fazakerley, edges gilt and gauffered, with fore-edge painting of Jesus based on William Holman Hunt’s painting “The Light of the World,” 1854.