FIRST EDITION of the author's very first collection.
ONE OF THE 12 NUMBERED EXAMPLES on HollandThis is the only large paper print signed by the publisher.
AUTHOR'S COPY including:
- on the first watch AN AUTOGRAPH POEM signed unpublished:
The Tree of Doom
In the past? Only in remorse
For the present? Not an obole.
The future's a discobolete for me
Aiming at my body with heavy guignons
Who, however, won't know how to bite
put his word, his deed.
In that past just in remorse,
Herewith without an obolus
O how many hopes have died for me,
Whose foliage is the symbol!
Old corolla fruit
Can he blush at the arms of wrongdoers...
a trunk of time all in remorse?
- THREE ORIGINAL DRAWINGS in signed colors, in ink and watercolour: A light-eyed Greek sphinx, strewn over a book, a reference to the play Sphinx in the collection and facing the author's introductory poem; A bottle of "Exceptional rum"and an empty glass facing the part Thirst this same bottle of rum spilled, dripping, the glass almost empty, in front of the Drunkenness.
Paterne Berrichon (1855-1922), whose real name was Pierre Dufour, came to Paris in 1880 to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Painter, sculptor, draftsman, he also became a poet by frequenting literary circles, meeting Paul Verlaine who signed the frontispiece-poem of Vin maudit : "To Paterne Berrichon / They both have this trait / To love good verses / And to love our rest; / So everything to the point of randomness / Punishes on our sad skins / These lizard principles."
Admirer of Rimbaud, he will become his brother-in-law, after his marriage with Isabelle, the poet's younger sister. From then on, he will be one of the most important promoters and defenders of the work of the cursed poet.
Beautiful painted vellum binding, with the bottles and glasses drawn by the author in the collection on each plate.
THE MOST DESIRABLE COPY OF THIS COLLECTION.
Modern binding signed Goy et Vilaine, full parchment at the Bradel, smooth spine, brown title piece, gilt title, painted binding: a bottle and a glass on the first cover, a bottle and an upside down glass on the second cover, a star on the spine, some lacks on the lined cover.