LES ILLUMINATIONS. Notice par Paul Verlaine

First edition, first printing of one of the hallmarks of French symbolist poetry. Elegantly bound in full red morocco, gilt ruled with corner pieces to the upper and lower boards, titles in gilt to the spine. Wrappers discarded. An excellent example, the binding firm and square, the contents with some toning to endpapers and half title are otherwise clean and fine throughout.

The first edition was limited to only 200 copies of which this is hand numbered 111 of 170 printed on Hollande paper. Notable for the inclusion of "Marine" and "Mouvement", which are vers libre, the first free verse poems written in the French language. Many of the prose-poems, later to have influenced the Surrealists, the counter-culture Beat movement and musicians such Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Patti Smith, were written in London whilst living in self-exile with Verlaine, the relationship coming to an abrupt end when, soon after returning, Verlaine was arrested and imprisoned for firing a shotgun at Rimbaud whilst drunk. (Connolly, Cyril: 100 Key Books of the Modern Movement.)

Stock code: 9581


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