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Sang d'un Poète
1948 - COCTEAU, Jean. Le Sang d'un Poète. Film. [Paris]: Robert Marin, (1948). Octavo, original tan paper wrappers, uncut. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $4800.Limited first edition ("l'edition originale") of the book version of Cocteau's first film, number 566 of 2900 copies, this copy wonderfully inscribed by Cocteau on the half title with a large original sketch of a face, "Á Worth Durham, souvenir d'amity française, Jean Cocteau, "", Paris."When making the 1931 film Le Sang d'un Poète, Cocteau applied his "singular gift for divining truth by means of the fantastic" (Steegmuller, 416). "I didn't know anything about the art of film," admits Cocteau. "I invented it for myself as I went along, and used it like a draughtsman dipping his finger for the first time in India ink and smudging a piece of paper with it" (Steegmuller, 406). This book is Cocteau's running description of his first film, a cinematic exploration of "the poet's inner self," illustrated with richly printed photogravures made from movie-stills by Sacha Masour. Text in French. Light wear to wrappers. Two light stains to rear wrapper. A near-fine inscribed copy with a wonderful drawing. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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