Opium. Jean Cocteau.


London, England: Icon Books, Ltd., 1957. First UK Softcover Edition. Softcover. "Cocteau himself describes OPIUM as the Diary of a Cure: but it is not a diary in the conventional sense for this is no mere record of day-to-day treatment, and it is as different in style as it is in content from that other famous testimony of an opium eater by Thomas De Quincy."(from back cover) This is the first British softcover edition of the classic prose-poetic account of addiction & the struggle to recover by Jean Cocteau, the great French artist, filmmaker, playwright, poet & more. First published in France in 1930 with powerful illustrations by the author that are reproduced in this edition. Newly translated into English by Margaret Crosland & Sinclair Road. This is referred to as "...the first paperback edition..." on back cover, & we believe it was published the same year, 1957, as the British hardcover edition published by Peter Owen Ltd., as noted in the printing history on the copyright page, preceding the first US softcover edition published in 1958 by Grove Press. A collectible version of this important work, in relatively good to near-fine condition with mild rubbing & soiling to front, back covers & spine; very light wear & chipping at most edges except for bottom edge of front cover at which are several short vertical creases extending therefrom; creasing along lengths of spine, spine edges & just at left of spine edge at back cover; tiny bumps at all edges esp. lower right edge of front cover; browning, mild rubbing & scratching at all trimmed edges of text block. Interior fine except for browning of page leaves; very faint wave-creasing near upper corners of about the first half of page leaves. Good/Near Fine. [Item #2195]

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