18 November 2014
MASSON, André (1896-1987) -- [BATAILLE, Georges (1897-1962), writing as:] LORD AUCH. Histoire de l'oeil. Paris: [René Bonnel and Pascal Pia,] 1928.
Octavo (247 x 195 mm). Additional lithographed title and seven lithographed plates. Original green paper wrappers printed in black (spine evenly faded to brown and lightly creased); original green card slipcase (faded, worn, one joint split).
FIRST EDITION OF BATAILLE'S FIRST BOOK; A MASTERPIECE OF SURREALIST LITERATURE, without equal and far beyond the traditional limits of the genre. It is a fresh, unopened copy in the original wrappers of this 'sumptuous novel' (Dutel). Histoire de l'oeil is only the second title in Bonnel and Pia's planned series of clandestine publications, which was swiftly shut down by the police. Number 104 of 134 copies only. Dutel 1698; Eros invaincu 99; Pia Enfer, 582.
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