A Season in Hell (Arthur Rimbaud).
Illustrated with eight dust-grain photogravures after photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.
Mapplethorpe's enigmatic style brings Rimbaud's dark prose to life in a way that has never been seen before and will likely never be seen again.
Limited issue of 1000 examples signed signed by both Paul Schmidt (the translator) and Robert Mapplethorpe. Arthur Rimbaud's A Season in Hell was first published in French in 1873. This translation is by the cult poet and actor Paul Schmidt (1934-99). In his introduction Schmidt comments that Rimbaud's poem "is a work of adolescent passion - not the passion of exuberance, but passion as suffering. It is the record of a failed attempt to create a new identity by creating a new world. Passion is universal, yet some particular facts may help to explain Rimbaud's feelings, to illuminate the smoky density, the nerve-edge screams, the sulphurous flicker of this little book".
First edition, limited issue, signed. Bound in dramatic dark red Morocco leather. Housed in the publisher's black cloth slipcase. With all 8 tissue guarded photogravure plates by Robert Mapplethorpe. A fine example both inside and out.
Published by Limited Editions Club, New York, 1986.