A Season in Hell.
Translated by Norman Cameron. With drawings by Keith Vaughan. And the Original French Text. Une saison en enfer.London, John Lehmann, 1949 Stock Code: 139613
NotesFirst edition thus, first impression, of this bilingual publication translated by Scottish poet Norman Cameron and illustrated by British painter Keith Vaughan. 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.
From the library of author Fergus Allen (1921-2017), with his ink ownership inscription to front free endpaper, dated December 1950. He was a "civil engineer and Whitehall mandarin who helped to design the Mulberry harbours and enjoyed a late flourishing as a poet" (The Times).
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles in gilt on red faux-label to spine. With the pictorial dust jacket.
8 full-page colour illustrations by Keith Vaughan.
The binding bright and firm, internally clean and untoned. A fine copy in the near-fine jacket, a little loss to top edge, extremities toned, else bright, not price-clipped.
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