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Paris, January 2017—The sale of books and manuscripts on 8 February will open with an extremely fine selection of antique books on Medicine (including the last books from Jean Blondelet’s library), Natural Science and Literature. The sale of three remarkable manuscripts in Rimbaud’s hand will be a major event.
REMARKABLE COLLECTION OF ARTHUR RIMBAUD WORKS
Plaisirs du jeune âge. Seven autograph manuscript drawings, 1865 (lot 86, estimate: €100,000-150,000).
These are the first known drawings by Arthur Rimbaud, dated from 1865 when he was 10. The notebook containing these drawings belonged to the bibliophile Jacques Guérin; the rest of the book is now one of the treasures in the Rimbaud Museum in Charleville-Mézières, but these exceptional drawings were still in private hands. They are some of the only ones that can be attributed to the poet with certainty. They reflect the world of a young poet already critical of the world around him: for example, we see the enactment of a mass, prefiguring the anticlericalism of the poet’s Premières Communions, the literary parody of a Scandinavian legend and the first known self-portrait by Rimbaud.
Les caractères de Théophraste, 1866. Prize book received by Rimbaud in 1870 (lot 87, estimate: €8,000-12,000)
A brilliant student in his final year, Arthur Rimbaud received this book as a prize at the age of 15 from the principal of his school. “A testimony to the highly satisfactory work of the pupil Rimbaud (Rhetoric class),” wrote the headmaster. Later, as indicated by an ex-libris, this book belonged to Paul Eluard: never mentioned as regards this copy, this provenance is important knowing Rimbaud’s considerable influence on the Surrealists.
La rivière de Cassis, June or July 1872 (lot 88, estimate: €200,000-300,000)
This poem’s manuscript, one of considerable modernity and freedom, is the one Rimbaud… – Fine Books Magazine
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