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Ionesco, Eugene, The Bald Soprano, New York, Grove Press, 1965, First English edition, 8.5" x 10.75", 4to, hardcover, glazed paper boards with same illustration and typography as the dust jacket design, Very Good- / Very Good-. DJ has edgewear, minor chipping and creasing on bottom edges; wear to boards at spine foot and corners .

Subtitle: Anti-play, Followed By an Unpublished Scene Translated by Donald A. Allen. Typographical interpretations by Massin and photographic interpretations by Henry Cohen Based on the Nicolas Bataille Paris Production. Unpaginated. (Our image is very large - please click once and then again to allow scrolling.)

Uncommon first English language edition of this virtuoso typographic interpretation of Ionesco's first dramatic work, a point of origin for absurdist theater.

Designed throughout by experimental French typographer Robert Massin, also responsible for the design of Raymond Queneau's "Cent mille milliards de poemes", in which each line of poetry is printed on a separate strip of paper, forming a huge exquisite corps of words. These two book designs are considered the height of Massin's output. "In his design... each character is indicated not by name, but by a line image next to the speech which he is to utter. The shape of the words is distorted so as to give emphasis to the sound of the speech. By using techniques which fall somewhere between those of the cinema and the comic strip, he ensures that, in the dialogue, the primary constituents of word and image are balanced in a way that heightens the meaning of the play." [Gerald Woods et al., Art Without Boundaries, pps 148-9].    [Book ID # 2132]

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