1927 · Paris
by Cocteau, Jean. (1889–1963)
Paris: Librairie Stock, 1927. First Edition. Used; Like New/Used; Like New. 12mo. 94 pp. Original wrappers, front cover illustrated by Christian Bérard, bound into full crimson cloth with leather title to spine by James Macdonald (New York). Inscribed by the author on the ffe "A Monsieur -- [name erased] / ce souvenir / de / Jean Cocteau / [drawing of a star] / 1927," and with an original drawing by Cocteau of a bending female tennis player with racquet and ball, measuring 27 x 21 cm, pasted along the left edge between pages 72 and 73 ("Le Printemps"), signed "Jean [star]" very lightly lower right, folds small tears lower left edge, else fine.
A nearly identical version of this drawing appears in Cocteau's 1923 volume of line cuts of his drawings "Sports (Dessins)," dedicated to Picasso with the apology: "Poets do not draw. They untie the knots in handwriting and then retie them differently."
(Inventory #: 12206)