Paris: Mercure de France (1912). One of Cocteau's earliest publications, written when he was only 23. He had already befriended Marcel Proust, Andre Gide and many in the artistic and fashion worlds when he met the American painter Romaine Brooks, who painted his portrait in 1912. This collection of poems bears a warm dedication from Cocteau to Brooks referencing the portrait. Very good in original wrappers, small chips at corners and edges, small stain on cover.
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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.
Paris: Stock (1926). A book of essays, which includes some new material and several revised versions of earlier works. There is a fictive mention of a "second edition" on the cover, but this is the first appearance of this collection. Warmly inscribed on endpaper to Glenway Wescott and Monroe Wheeler, whom Cocteau had befriended while all were living at the Hotel Welcome in Villefranche sur Mer at this time. There is also a blind-stamp with the recipients name on the title page, along with their bookplate on inside cover. Wescott has made penned notations on the last endpaper. Very good in original wrappers, light loss at head of spine, pages a bit yellowed. An important association copy of one of Cocteau's important texts.
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: 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.
Montrouge : Draeger frères, 1924. — In-folio. 312: (4 ff. First white), 11 plates, illustrated cover. In sheets, under shirt with jacket adorned with a typographic decoration. Prestigious catalog glorifying the graphic arts industries through a leading collaboration between the printer Draeger, the writer Jean Cocteau and the artist Charles Martin. The text is a treasure trove of typographic presentation and calls out to advertisers to encourage them to have Draeger catalogs edited. It is followed by 11 boards designed by Charles MARTIN (1884-1934) in the purest Art Deco spirit. "This catalog is the perfect celebration, never equaled, of the publishing professions, as well as one of the most prestigious DRAEGER albums" (Forney exhibition 1988, n ° 82). A few spots and pitting on the dust jacket and a few small freckles scattered on the boards.