18 pp. text by Alain Jouffroy on the imaginary utopian city of Narkopolis, situated on the border of Mexico and Guatemala, its construction based on architectural and urban logic, including the founding of the city's center on the banks of a river, its gradual outward expansion in concentric circles, an Old Town situated behind fortifications, and the logical placement of buildings and monuments, followed by six original lithographs by Jean Criton depicting abstract and surrealist architecture, each signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, three vellum sheets with annotated early sketches of the artwork displayed in the lithographs, and a folding map of Narkopolis with the sites depicted in the lithographs marked in red. Folio. Slipcase-style boards portfolio, contents loose as issued. Paris (Pierre Bordas et fils) 1982. One of fifty hand-numbered copies signed by both of the authors. Jean Criton is now best-known as an artist for the work he began in the 1970's of designs for fictitious architecture which embodies the order of Euclidean space and opposes chaos. Alain Jouffrey is a well-known French writer, artist, and poet, who was awarded the Prix de Goncourt in 2006 for his imaginative poetry. The images are striking and would not look out of place on a modern-day science-fiction movie poster. As of June 2015, WorldCat does not locate any holdings of this fascinating volume in North America. (Inventory #: 48298)
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