JEAN GENET AND LEONOR FINI
LA GALÈRE. (PARIS: PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR BY JACQUES LOYAU) 1947
4to (12 3/4 x 9 1/8 in.; 32.3 x 23.2 cm). 6 etched plates by Leonor Fini. Green pebbled morocco jansenist binding, spine gilt-lettered, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers; spine slightly faded.
Gerard Nordmann (bookplate; sold Christie's Paris, 27 April 2006, lot 155)
First edition of Genet's erotic poem, written while he was in prison, and illustrated by Leonor Fini. Copy III of 9 copies on Montval (of a whole edition of 88) with 2 extra suites of plates and an original signed prepatory drawing by Fini bound in. Genet and Fini collaborated on this work in 1947, the year they met. The two were well matched, with Fini declaring, "Je suis pour in monde de sexes non diffferenciess ou peu differencies." In 1950, Genet published an admiring essay of Fini and her art.
Condition as described in catalogue entry.
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