18 November 2014
ROJAN [also ROJANKOVKSY, Feodor (1891-1970)] -- [BATAILLE, Georges (1897-1962), writing as:] LORD AUCH. Histoire de l'oeil. Paris: [René Bonnel and Pascal Pia,] 1928.
Octavo (240 x 192 mm). Lithographed title by Masson; all other Masson plates replaced with ten original drawings and two watercolours by Rojan. (Occasional light marginal soiling.) Contemporary blue half morocco with the original green paper wrappers printed in black bound in, matching slipcase.
FIRST EDITION OF BATAILLE'S SURREALIST MASTERPIECE, BOUND WITH ORIGINAL DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLOURS BY ROJAN. This 'sumptuous book' (Dutel) is only the second title in Bonnel and Pia's planned series of clandestine publications, which was swiftly shut down by the police. Number 24 of 134 copies only. Dutel 1698; Pia Enfer, 582.
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