Le Mort
Le Mort Le Mort Le Mort Le Mort

[Paris:] Au Vent d'Arles. [1964]

Limited edition, number 5 of 10 copies (tirage de tête, from a total edition of 145). Oblong folio (280x380mm). pp. [4] blank, lvii (including engravings), [3] blank, [4] limitation, imprints, 2 blanks, [4] blank; plus an original drawing and original rejected copper plate. Laid into publisher's full vellum binding, title blindstamped to upper panel, with black lettering to spine. With additional suite of nine hand-coloured engravings, plus one refused, all signed by Masson. Laid into publisher's oatmeal buckram cloth, vellum spine. Publisher's leather edged oatmeal buckram slip-case. Slight rubbing to edges of slipcase, but overall near fine.

Bataille’s final erotic text in which he crystallises his central notion of érotisme - “the logical end of eroticism is death” - into a harrowing story. It is sympathetically illustrated by his friend and long time collaborator André Masson. Bataille had died two years before publication of this edition, his text having been written in 1942, and so it can been seen as a tribute and perhaps a memorial to him from Masson.