Décines, France: L'Arbalète de Marc Barbezat, 1958. First Edition, First Printing. Genet's explosive play of blacks reenacting feelings of resentment and revenge. Octavo, 154 pages, in the original glassine. Pictorial wrappers, with titles by Giacometti to wrappers and backstrip. Edges uncut. One of 3,200 numbered copies, which constitute the trade issue of the first edition. A Near Fine copy with a couple of nicks and folds in the wrappers. Item #605
Genet called Les Nègres a "clownerie," meaning a clown show. Roger Blin directed the first production of the play, which took place in 1959 at the Théatre de Lutèce in Paris.