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First edition

Arthur RIMBAUD Une saison en enfer


Une saison en enfer

Alliance typographique (M.J. Poot & Cie), Bruxelles 1873, 12,5x18,5cm, relié sous étui.

Une saison en enfer [A Season in Hell]
  Alliance typographique (M. J. Poot & Cie) Bruxelles 1873 | 12,5 x 18,5 cm | full morocco and custom slipcase

 First edition published in a small number of copies and at the author's expense.
Binding in full black morocco elaborately decorated in blind, original wrappers preserved, half black morocco slipcase, outstanding binding signed Semet & Plumelle.

Of great rarity, the first edition of Une saison en enfer is a major collector's piece on several counts: it remains the only work he edited himself, then a young unknown 19-year-old poet. He self-published it and eventually never paid for it. The printer, therefore,
kept almost the entire print, subsequently forgotten in the workshop (Arthur Rimbaud obtained only a dozen copies offered to his friends). The stock was found in 1901 by a bibliophile who retrieved the 425 copies in beautiful condition and destroyed the rest, damaged by humidity.
The curious composition of the work is also a surprising peculiarity of this precious edition: without a title page nor endpapers (the text begins ex abrupto after the cover and finishes in the same way), the seventeen blank pages inserted far and wide in the book, and, of course, the misprints and spelling errors peppered through the text are also curiosities studied by scholars.
Sought-after and collected very early on by bibliophiles, copies of this mythical edition were bound by the greatest French binders namely Pierre Lucien Martin, Semet & Plumelle, Paul Bonet or Georges Leroux.

A very beautiful copy set in an outstanding blind tooled full morocco binding by Semet & Plumelle.

28 000 €

Réf : 81415



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