[Paris: Edition établie par Jacques Loyau, libraire ...], 1947. Small folio (322 x 234 mm). Printed wrappers, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Illustrated with six original full page engravings. Fine in slightly worn and mottled slipcase and chemise. First edition of one of Genet's least common works, a long poem in homage to a fellow prisoner. At least one of the extant manuscripts of the poem dates from 1944. From a total edition of 88 copies (including eight for presentation), this is copy 49 of 71 press-numbered copies on Arches. Although they are not mentioned in the colophon, this edition is illustrated with six original engravings of chiefly homoerotic subjects by Genet's friend, Leonor Fini. Each of the engravings is numbered in pencil and signed in the plate by Fini. Additionally, the first engraving bears her signed ink inscription: "Pour Roland Fernandez Leonor Fini." (Inventory #: WRCLIT75349)
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