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Francis Bacon: Michel Leiris.
Francis Bacon: Oeuvres Recentes. Galerie Claude Bernard - Paris 1977. [Signed by Bacon]
Paris: Galerie Claude Bernard, 1977. Paris:: Galerie Claude Bernard,, 1977.. Softcover. Very Good+. Unpaginated softcover exhibition catalogue, 29x21.5cms. With Leiris' 9-page essay 'Le Grand Jeu de Francis Bacon', and with superb illustrations of the paintings, including 3 large foldouts of triptychs. Title page signed by Bacon in blue marker 'Francis Bacon 19/1/77/-'. There is also a curious illustrated gift inscription in another hand to the first blank leaf, just three days later, dated 'Jan. 22, 1977', and signed 'T.B.', giver and recipient apparently having some connection with Bacon's world. Internally about fine, with a slight waviness to a small patch at the top edge of some pages adjacent to the spine. The triptych illustrated on the covers and front flap is the one sold to Roman Abramovich for $86m in 2008, the second highest price ever paid for a Bacon. The front cover has a 1cm brown (scorch?) mark to the upper right centre of the front panel, and a partial cup ring stain to the lower right centre: other signs of use are minimal. A magnificent souvenir from the time when Bacon was at the height of his powers.
Bookseller: Chapel Books [Westleton, SFK, United Kingdom]

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