Une saison en enfer
In-12 (18x12,4cm), paperback (three small stains on the cover.)
Cover printed in red and black in lieu of title, and 53 pp.
Very good copy of the first edition of Une saison en enfer, the only collection published during Arthur Rimbaud's lifetime.
Probable edition of 450 copies on ordinary vellum paper. First edition printed on account of the author and only collection published during Arthur Rimbaud's life, then young unknown poet of nineteen years old. The printing of this thin collection was finished in October 1873, and some copies were distributed by Rimbaud himself to his friends. Not having honored his debt towards his Brussels printer M.-J. Poot, the latter kept the stock which was forgotten until 1901, when the Belgian bibliophile and patron Léon Losseau discovered 425 copies stored since 1873 in the printer's stock. Sought after and collected by bibliophiles ever since, this mythical edition of Une saison en enfer is of great rarity, the discovered stock having been purged of a few copies that had become damp (were destroyed) and of a few others distributed to institutions and bibliophiles.
Our copy is in perfect condition and as issued, with the black and red printed cover in place of the title, without flyleaf, and quite complete with the 14 blank pages (7 leaves). It is covered with the publisher's crystal paper and is kept unbound in a slipcase signed by P.L. Martin. In French in the text, 299; Ch. Galantaris, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallarmé. P., 2000, n° 220; Carteret II, p. 271