A Season in Hell.
Translated by Paul Schmidt. With photogravures by Robert Mapplethorpe.[New York]: The Limited Editions Club, 1986 Stock Code: 139013
Mapplethorpe envisions Rimbaud's famous poemFirst 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).
Quarto. Original red morocco, black lettered spine and front cover. Housed in the publisher's plush-lined black cloth slipcase.
With 8 tissue-guarded photogravure plates by Robert Mapplethorpe; parallel texts in French and English.
The binding vibrant and firm, internally crisp, a fine copy.
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