18 November 2014
BELLMER, Hans (1902-1975) -- BATAILLE, Georges (1897-1962). Madame Edwarda. Paris: Georges Visat .
Folio (380 x 245 mm). 12 copper engravings by Hans Bellmer, including the frontispiece and a vignette in the colophon, all signed in pencil by Bellmer. In sheets in the original white card covers, spine printed in black (minor scattered spotting); original lilac moiré silk chemise and slipcase, the spine titled in gilt (spine and slipcase evenly faded to pink, scattered spotting).
FIRST EDITION ILLUSTRATED BY BELLMER, with twelve engravings signed by the artist. Bellmer's remarkable images are drawn 'with the sharpness of a scalpel... they crystalize, exceed and exude Bataille's text, whose realism derives from its lyrical brilliance rather than its precision of detail. It is this very difference in approach, this unique vision, that makes the artist the equal of the author, rather than a mere illustrator' (Eros invaincu). One of 167 copies only, this one number 129. Eros invaincu 102; Pia Enfer, 852.
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