Le Bateau ivre by Arthur Rimbaud, Translated by Samuel Beckett. Barry. Rimbaud McCallion, Arthur.

Le Bateau ivre by Arthur Rimbaud, Translated by Samuel Beckett.

East Hampton, NY: 2018. Artist's book, unique, on Richard de Bas cream wove paper, signed and dated by the artist, Barry McCallion, on the colophon. Page size: 13.25 x 10.5 x 2.5 inches; 48pp. Bound by Joelle Webber: gray cloth over boards the 6 signatures hand-sewn into blue wrappers which serve as endpapers and flyleaves, front panel with manipulated photographic images of author, Arthur Rimbaud, and the translator, Samuel Beckett, shown at an age older than 32, his age when translating the 17-year old Rimbaud's magical verse, title printed in black script on cream label on spine, housed in custom-made matching tan cloth over boards clamshell box with title printed in black script on spine. The artist has written out in black ink Rimbaud's verse in the original French, covering four pages, followed by 33 pages of painted, lettered, and collaged text and design, the rectos in the original French and the versos in Beckett's translation. The last four pages contain the hand-lettered Beckett translation; the printed colophon follows. The collaged, painted, and lettered pages are on a deep maroon acrylic ground surrounded by bright orange frame. The text is deconstructed (literally), as are various bits of the boat (the narrator), sea, sky, and images from the poem - "yellow-blue alarum of phosphors" for example. Each page is highlighted with metallic inks in silver, gold, pewter, copper, steel, etc. adding to the drama. The blue and yellow (phosphor) elements are all on 1/8 inch carved, collaged boards, some forming boards and masts, others the sea or storms. The reader / viewer has the impression of following the movements of a very unnerving, unstable vessel - Le Bateau ivre / The Drunken Boat. Rimbaud's vision is well served - as is Beckett's translation. The pages shine and glisten as we follow the words of impending destruction and are caught up in the whirlpool that is the author's vision. Item #11424

Price: $5,000.00

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