Title: A Season in Hell. Trans. by Paul Schmidt
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club, New York
Publication Date: 1986
Illustrator: Robert Mapplethorpe
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Quarto (285 x 190 mm; 11 ¼ x 7 ½ in.). 8 photogravures by Robert Mapplethorpe. Text in French and English. Original red morocco; black cloth slipcase. LIMITED EDITION, number 605 of 1,000 copies signed by Mapplethorpe and Schmidt, printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress on mould-made paper, and signed by Mapplethorpe and Schmidt. The dust-grain photogravures were printed by Jon Goodman on handmade etching paper. The translation is a revised version of Paul Schmidt's translation, printed parallel with the original French text. Laid-in is the Mapplethorpe/Rimbaud issue of the Limited Editions Club Letter, series 48, vol. 2, number 565, May 1986. "Robert Mapplethorpe responded to Rimbaud's poetic expression of moral conflict with a series of intensely personal, emotionally charged photographs. 'The eight images in this livre d'artiste do not so much evoke the mystical, nocturnal melancholy that characterizes the work' (Public and Private American Prints Today)" (Phillips/Zwicker, Grolier/American Livre de Peintre 30). Some minor, pale rubbing to slipcase, otherwise fine. Bookseller Inventory # 400009
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