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    Sale 5948


    19 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 48


    Price Realised  


    La mort et les statues -- Death and The Statues. Text by Jean Cocteau. Paris: Éditions du Compas, 1946.

    Quarto (337 x 255 mm). Complete with leaf of Cocteau facsimile laid-in, as issued. 20 black and white photographs. Original card covers with initials printed in various colours, original white paper-covered slipcase (spine lightly faded; slipcase lightly soiled and rubbed).

    FIRST EDITION. 'ARGUABLY THE BEST FRENCH PHOTOBOOK TO LOOK BACK ON THE WAR IN ITS IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH... these simple pictures of junked statues speak strongly about loss, about barbarism, about the trashing of culture, and other issues of great importance' (The Photobook). One of 450 copies from an edition of 475 only. The Photobook, vol. I, pp. 194-95.

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