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Berquet, Gilles (Artist/Photographer) & Iizawa, Kotaro (Contributor). GILLES BERQUET: LA SOLITUDE DES ANGES: THE 1994 FIRST EDITION. Tokyo, Japan: Treville Company Limited, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine.

Collection of female nudes, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful erotic art photography books of our time. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 1995 and 1998 French Editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Taro Kaneda: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Gilles Berquet. Text by Kotaro Iizawa in the Japanese original and felicitous English translation. All of Treville Publishing's promotional materials laid-in. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Tokyo, Japan to the highest standards. Original glassine obi-band intact and complete. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its First Edition format, Gilles Berquet's "La Solitude des Anges". Solitary angels. An Artist Book-design, beautifully printed volume of the cult French photographer's female nudes. Fetishistic and sado-masochistic images that are characterized by paradoxically and coolly French elegance and refinement, insofar as this is at all conceivable about bondage-imagery that abides by Antonin Artaud's Theater of Cruelty. Iizawa (and others) traces Berquet's roots to the "private universe" worlds of Hans Bellmer and Pierre Molinier, which is a valid point to make. But it also misses the point about Berquet's own art: It is an AESTHETE universe, not a private, crazed one, dedicated to the sublime beauty of the female form, and to the very idea of what beautiful is. Hence, its appeal to the Japanese sensibility. Neither Bellmer nor Molinier (nor, for that matter, Mapplethorpe, their gay successor) gave precedence to beauty over sex, but rather made sex = beauty. It's not a fine point, and it answers such questions as, Has anyone ever made a woman pissing on a wooden floor look so elegant as Berquet does? No, precisely because his is an aesthete's world-view. An absolute "must-have" title for Gilles Berquet collectors. This title is now collectible. Laid-in are all of Treville Publishing's promotional materials. The original glassine obi-band is intact. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing ("First Edition 1994") available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: ALL other copies available online are the 1995 and 1998 French Editions. A rare copy thus. Lavishly lllustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of the female nude of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO HANS BELLMER AND PIERRE MOLINIER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 4845709457. $200.00

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