Fontfroide-le-Haut: Éditions Fata Morgana, 1980. Limited first edition. Full leather. Fine.
Copy 12/40. Michel Leiris (1901-1990) was a French surrealist writer, ethnographer, poet, and art critic who refused the French Grand Prix for literature in 1980, the same year this book was published. Au verso des images is a work of art criticism comprising five essays, each on one artist: Bacon, Giacometti, Lascaux, Picasso, and Masson. Printed in a limited edition of 1000 with five lettered copies on Vergé de Barcelone, copies 1-40 on Vergé pur de fils d’Arches, and 955 on Vergé teinté. Giard's binding references paintings hung on a wall.Full brown box calf with thin oxidized brass quadrilaterals suspended on copper wire. Housed in a custom chemise and leather-edged slipcase. Gilt lettering on spine and chemise. Bound by Christine Giard in 2003. 14.75cm x 22.5 cm