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(MAPPLETHORPE, Robert.) RIMBAUD, Arthur.

A Season in Hell.

Translated by Paul Schmidt. With photogravures by Robert Mapplethorpe.

[New York], The Limited Editions Club, 1986 Stock Code: 139013
£1,500.00

Mapplethorpe envisions Rimbaud's famous poem

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Notes

First edition of this translation by Paul Schmidt, limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by both Schmidt and Mapplethorpe; with the original 4-page long "Limited Editions Club Letter" loosely inserted.
First published in 1873, this prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him with a revolver in the summer of that year. Mapplethorpe's illustrations "display a certain visionary quality" (Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English).

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Description

Quarto. Original red morocco, black lettered spine and front cover. Housed in the publisher's plush-lined black cloth slipcase.

Illustrations

With 8 tissue-guarded photogravure plates by Robert Mapplethorpe; parallel texts in French and English.

Condition

The binding vibrant and firm, internally crisp, a fine copy.

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