10 April 2008
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 colors (some faint stains, small tears near spine-foot); original white paper-covered slipcase (one joint starting to split; light soiling); in a cloth folding box with the item below.
Gelatin silver print (310 x 215 mm), copyright stamp, title in pencil, and signature all on verso; cloth chemise.
FIRST EDITION, WITH A VINTAGE GELATIN SILVER PRINT: 'The Orphan' -- the second image in the series. ONE OF 25 LETTERED COPIES reserved for the author and publisher, this one lettered "F". "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). The Photobook, vol. I, pp. 194-95. (2)
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