18 November 2014
BELLMER -- [BATAILLE, Georges (1897-1962), writing as:] LORD AUCH. Histoire de l'oeil. Seville: 1940 [but Paris: K, 1947].
Octavo (250 x 155 mm). 18 engraved plates, including a duplicate set and another duplicate set in colour. Full pink calf by Leroux, signed, the sides with an elaborate design in various materials incorporating a cross centred with an eye in a stylised breast, endpapers lined with black leather and black suede, the original wrappers bound-in, chemise and slipcase (resin on the sides with light surface discolouration).
FIRST BELLMER EDITION, AND THE FIRST WORK ILLUSTRATED WITH BELLMER PRINTS, IN A FINE BINDING BY LEROUX. One of 20 copies with two duplicate sets of the prints, one of these in colour. Bellmer's remarkable, psychologically charged illustrations are wholly different and more closely aligned with Bataille's singular text than those produced by Mason for the first edition. The text of the present edition, revised and corrected by Alain Gheerbrant, forms the basis of most subsequent editions. Number XXIV of XXVI from an edition of 199 copies only. Dutel 1699; Pia Enfer 630.
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