Paris: Cinéastes-Bibliophiles, 1947. First Edition, First Printing. Actor Charles Boyer's copy of Jean Genet's startling play about three prisoners in the same cell. Octavo, 103 pages. Original cream wrappers. The pages are slightly age-toned and the heavy card wrappers are somewhat tanned. But overall, this is an excellent copy of an hors-commerce edition that amounted to only 60 copies. The justification page states: "Exemplaire de Monsieur CHARLES BOYER." Rare. Item #604
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."