tated and worked on 232-page manuscript, has a great deal to live up to, as well as to enjoy.
In the same week, another intensely tactile object made a percussive price at Christie’s in Paris. Imagine holding a pistol and knowing that it had only ever been fired twice, at the culmination of one of the most tempestuous affairs in literary history.
on July 10, 1873, the poet Paul Verlaine bought a Lefaucheuxtype pin-fire six-shot revolver (Fig 2) from montigny, a Brussels gunsmith, and then, drunk and maudlin, tried to kill his lover Arthur Rimbaud, who was leaving him. The first shot hit Rimbaud’s left wrist, the second ricocheted into a window frame.