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Nos Ardennes. Huit dessins de Paul Verlaine, Ernest Delahaye, Germain Nouveau; introduction et notes par Jules Mouquet

By Rimbaud, Jean Nicolas Arthur, 1854-1891.) Verlaine, Paul, 1844-1896

Geneva: Pierre Cailler, 1948   ¶ FIRST EDITION / ÉDITION ORIGINALE of Verlaine's charming prose sketches of Rethel and Vouziers, two towns in the Ardennes between Reims and Charleville. These were published originally in six installments in a Charleville daily 1882-83; but Verlaine never published them in book form, nor do they appear in his posthumous Oeuvres completes 1899-1902 &c. These pieces are enhanced here by reproductions of eight unpublished or obscurely-published drawings by Rimbaud's childhood friend Delahaye (3), by Germain Nouveau (3), and by Verlaine himself (2): Two of these drawings (Verlaine 1875, Delahaye 1880) include caricatures of Rimbaud.   ||| Collation: In 8s (183 x 120 mm): 42 leaves, paginated [1-6] 7-74 [75-84]. Eight full-page illustrations.  Binding: Quarter red morocco lettered in gilt, patterned boards, patterned endpapers, 2 + 2 flyleaves, top-edges sprinkled black, others trimmed & plain, preserving the original printed wrappers bound in.  References: Not in SMSU/StAubyn or Fischer.   ||| For further details please contact Jay Dillon  Rare Books + Manuscripts, as below. . First edition..


[Illustration for Rimbaud's nihilistic poem, "Qu'est-ce pour nous, mon coeur . . ." (What is it to us? my heart . . . , ca 1872)]

By Rimbaud, Jean Nicolas Arthur, 1854-1891.) Strauchmann, Went, b. 1938

Memmingen (Bavaria): Edition Curt Visel, 1973     ¶ AN ORIGINAL LINOCUT SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, depicting a man imprisoned in a tower or pergola surmounted by a giant octopus, set in a volcanic wasteland relieved only by a peacock lower right. The accompanying text, interestingly, omits Rimbaud's last line -- "Ce n'est rien! j'y suis! j'y suis toujours" (It's nothing! I'm here! I'm still here) -- which is perhaps to be understood from the illustration itself. This print was originally issued as a supplement (Beilage) to the German graphic-arts periodical Illustration 63: Zeitschrift für die Buchillustration (1964-    ).   ||| Collation: In 2 (260 x 200 mm): Two leaves, paginated [1-4] (ie, not paginated).  A bifolium of machine-made wove paper, unmarked, loose as issued.  Contents: [1] linocut (202 x 156 mm) printed in black, signed "Strauchmann" in pencil lower right; [2] imprint, as above; [3] blank; [4] text: six quatrains of verse, in French, headed "Arthur Rimbaud".  References: Cf LCCN 80641496, OCLC 2673241. Not in SMSU/StAubyn (1986).  Provenance: Paul Dufrasne, of Berlin, an original subscriber.   ||| For further details please contact Jay Dillon  Rare Books + Manuscripts, as below.  Pour plus de détails, veuillez contacter Jay Dillon  Rare Books + Manuscripts, comme ci-dessous..


Portrait dArthur Rimbaud = Portrait of Arthur Rimbaud

By Rimbaud, Jean Nicolas Arthur, 1854-1891.) Lengrand, Jean Michel, b. 1955

St Jean Carénage (St Barthélemy), 2002   ¶ A RICHLY EVOCATIVE PORTRAIT: The legendary brat-poet is depicted here from the famous photograph of Rimbaud aged seventeen, taken in Paris by Etienne Carjat about December 1871 (three months before Rimbaud stabbed Carjat in a postprandial fracas). Here the poet is transported to the foreground of his later milieu, an African landscape illuminated by a full moon top left. Distant clouds glow pink and yellow. Rimbaud's collar is burgundy velvet; his unruly hair is smoothed. "In the eyes", the artist says, "there is the romanti[ci]sm of a young poet, but also a part of night." In the middle distance, over the poet's left shoulder, la plus haute tour rises from the wetlands: It is a helix of manuscript-paper, "a tower of Babel", the artist says, "where the man wants to go untill [sic] the sky". Over the poet's right shoulder, leaves of manuscript-paper scatter heavenward, one by one becoming folded-paper birds flying off above and behind him, into infinity.   ||| Oil on panel (41 x 31 cm), signed "Jean Michel Lengrand" lower right.   ||| Pour une description en français, voir htt p://www.mag4. net/Rimbaud/album34. html (veuillez supprimer les espaces).   ||| For further details please contact Jay Dillon Rare Books + Manuscripts, as below. .


Bibliographie des poètes maudits, ii: Arthur Rimbaud. [Par Maurice Monda et François Montel]

By Rimbaud, Jean Nicolas Arthur, 1854-1891.) Monda, Maurice

Paris: Librairie Henri Leclerc / L. Giraud-Badin,, 1927 ¶ ONLY EDITION OF THE FIRST DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF RIMBAUD; comprising transcriptions of title-pages, collations, justifications de tirage, and detailed publishing histories of the twelve éditions originales of Rimbaud's works published 1873-1923, including variant readings (June/July 1873) for Une saison en enfer (October 1873) and the variant texts of five poems as they appeared in Une saison en enfer 1873 and Les illuminations 1886; together with an appendix on recent publications 1922-25. FIRST PRINTING, ONE OF ONLY TWO HUNDRED COPIES, and very scarce in the market. Series: Les bibliographies nouvelles (Colléction du Bulletin du bibliophile), no. x. ||| Collation: In 8s (250 x 165 mm untrimmed): 40 leaves, paginated [1-5] 6-77 [78-80]. Halftone frontispiece (portrait after Carjat 1871/2), two plates (after Rimbaud, Régamey).  Binding: Printed blue wrappers.  References: BN/Briet 803; SMSU/St Aubyn 213.  Condition: Spine barely chipped, the wrappers and a few foredges partly sunned, withal a very good copy. ||| For further details please contact Jay Dillon  Rare Books + Manuscripts, as below. .