Hombres (Hommes)

Paris: Imprimé sous le manteau et ne se vend nulle part. 1904.

Limited edition. No. 261 of 500 copies on Hollande Van Gelder (total edition of 525). 8vo, (195x125mm). pp. [iv], 48, [4] contents. As issued in light brown mottled printed wrappers, in glassine overwraps. First edition of Verlaine's clandestine collection of fifteen jubilant poems praising the male body and homosexual male love in explicit language. It includes the "Sonnet au trou-du-cul" which Verlaine wrote in collaboration with his lover Arthur Rimbaud, whom he shot and wounded in 1870. Aside from his contribution to the Album zutique, only in this posthumously published collection did Verlaine give unchecked erotic expressions to his homosexuality. The editor Le Dantec refused to include this collection in the modern critical edition of Verlaine's complete works.