Item #604 Haute Surveillance [Deathwatch]. Charles Boyer's copy, Jean Genet.
Haute Surveillance [Deathwatch]

Haute Surveillance [Deathwatch]

Paris: Les Cinéastes-Bibliophiles, 1947. First Edition, First Printing.

12mo (7 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches; 188 x 131 mm), 103,[3] pages, in cream wrappers over heavy card stock (soft cover).

Actor Charles Boyer's copy of Jean Genet's startling play about three prisoners in the same cell. One of only 60 hors commerce copies, comprising the entire edition, on Lana de Docelles paper. (Eight of the 60 copies were numbered. Ours is an unnumbered copy.) The justification page states: "Exemplaire de Monsieur CHARLES BOYER."

Haute Surveillance [Deathwatch] was Jean Genet's earliest play and was first performed in Paris in 1949. As drama critic Martin Esslin notes in "The Theatre of the Absurd," the play "is largely a dramatized form of the type of story [Genet] tells in his lyrical narratives about the lives of criminals and convicts."

CONDITION: Heavy age toning to the wrappers, far less so internally. Numerous pages are unopened along the top edges. A Very Good copy. Item #604

Price: $750.00

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