GIACOMETTI, Alberto (1901-1966) et Georges BATAILLE (1897-1962)
Histoire de rats (journal de Dianus). Paris : les Éditions de Minuit, 1947.
Véritable édition originale, Histoire de rats constituera une des trois parties de l’ouvrage Haine de la poésie, qui paraîtra la même année. Les lectures et l’influence kafkaïenne de Bataille y sont palpables.

Exemplaire de tête avec 6 eaux-fortes originales de Giacometti. “The book’s main characters are illustrated by Giacometti and are all recognizable in his straightforward sketches of the men’s heads and the woman’s bust: Bataille is the gaunt, physically ill, masochistic, and lustful hero named D.; Diane Kotchoubey, soon to be Bataille’s wife, is his beautiful, uninhibited aristocratic lover B.; A., an ascetic priest stimulated by sadistic activities, either represents another aspect of Bataille or is Alexander Kojève, the Russian intellectual who was Bataille’s philosopher mentor. The story line takes the hero, his lover, and his priestly alter ego through a series of erotic adventures, which include sadomasochistic sex, near-death experiences, memories of torture, and sexual release while a rat is stabbed to death” (Wilson). Wilson, Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic, and the Man, p. 226 ; Cornille, « Georges Bataille : un rat dans la bibliothèque », Revue de littérature comparée, vol. n°313, n°1, 2005, pp. 35-50.

In-8 (202 x 164 mm), broché, sous couverture grise de l’éditeur. Un des 40 exemplaires de tête sur vélin blanc des papeteries d’Arches, comprenant une suite sur Rives, celui-ci le n°11. 3 eaux-fortes originales d’Alberto Giacometti, dont le frontispice. Comme annoncé à la justification, l’exemplaire comprend également une suite de 3 eaux-fortes originales, différentes de celles de l’exemplaire, tirées sur Rives. Chemise et étui de l’éditeur.

Deluxe copy of the first edition, as issued, with 6 original etchings by Alberto Giacometti.
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