Paris: Stock (1923). sm. 4to. The first illustrated edition of this classic work, originally published a year earlier. One of 419 numbered copies on Lafuma with 22 drawings by the author, eleven of which are hand colored. A good copy in lightly tanned wrappers, spine slightly cracked, but a sound copy, housed in a board slipcase.
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[Paris: Edouard Champion (1925)]. 4to. Perhaps Cocteau's greatest illustrated book, consisting of thirty-one self-portraits, created while he was undergoing a disintoxication program for his addiction to opium. The drawings were produced as he stared relentlessly into a mirror for hours on end, attempting to come to terms with his chronic addiction and still mourning the loss of his beloved Raymond Radiguet. Many of the images also include text, some of it written backwards, creating a surrealistic effect. A beautiful copy of a superlative work of personal insight, created during the most creative period of Cocteau's life. Limited to 130 copies (and 10 on Japon), the sheets are laid into illustrated wrappers, with a decorative cardboard loose cover, as issued. Light wear to wrappers, small tear at foredge, internally very good. This copy (#102) is initialed by Cocteau on the colophon page. Housed in a fine decorative paper slipcase and chemise. Uncommon.
Elysium Press (1992). Hardcover. The author's most famous novel, a classic tale of incest and youthful rebellion, presented here with thirty-nine drawings by Cocteau illustrating the text. One of two hundred copies printed letterpress on Rives heavyweight paper, bound in cream colored linen and slipcased. Fine as issued.
Paris: Le Monde Illustré (11 December 1948) #37., 30pp. The dramatic adaptation of Cocteau's famous novel which starred his lover Jean Marais. The cover of this issue of Le Monde Illustré: Théatrical & Littéraire bears an original drawing by Cocteau dedicated to Marais, using his pet name "Jeannot". Very good, covers a bit rubbed, light crease, small chip on rear cover. From the collection of Jean Marais, recently sold in Paris.
Paris: Éditions Briant-Robert (1926). 4to. One of Cocteau's more interesting books, consisting of thirty-one line drawings composed while he was undergoing de-toxification for his longtime addiction to opium. The drawings are often surreal images depicting himself, sailors and dream images that are among his best work. Despite the limitation of 500 copies, the book is quite uncommon. One of an edition of 150 numbered copies on Hollande, signed by the author on the colophon. A near fine copy in original wrappers laid into a custom slipcase.
Montpellier: Luis Casinada (1998). A long poem by Cocteau illustrated with four original color gouache illustrations by Karen Thomas. The edition is printed on Japon paper and is limited to only 45 numbered copies, each signed by the artist and editor. A lovely production. Fine in stiff handmade paper wrappers.