FIRST EDITION printed at 640 copies.
ONE OF 53 NUMBERED EXAMPLES on Japan (after 10 ex. on China).
Very complete with the three inserts and the announced lithography. The long sobshere exceptionally an artist's proof in large format (280 x 380 mm) signed by Cazals. It includes corrections in the text and in the drawing. These changes are present in the final print run in book format.
Preface by J.-K. HUYSMANS, Letters from Félicien ROPS, Ernest DELAHAYE, H.A. CORNUTY.
"In your series, these two portraits of Verlaine seem to me to represent the slightly cloudy and clear weather of her soul seasons. Your other drawings link these two, in their different episodes, so vividly captured, of the morose, almost worried artist in the streets of London, and the poet walking, pensive or looking, leaning on his cane, in his hospital suit, the painful spectacle of those crushed life around him".
(Huysmans in preface).