BAKER, Joséphine, & Paul Colin.

Les mémoires de Joséphine Baker.

Recueillis et adaptés par Marcel Sauvage. Avec 30 dessins inédits de Paul Colin.

Paris: K.R.A., 1927 Stock Code: 130854
£3,250.00

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First edition, limited issue of 300 copies on large paper - pur fil Lafuma - this unnumbered and out of series. Inscribed by Paul Colin to critic and theatre manager Hanry-Jaunet, who at the time was general secretary of the Louis Jouvet-designed Studio des Champs-Elysées; "à l'ami Hanry-Jaunet en souvenirs des beaux soirs élyséens, cordialement Paul Colin to my friend Hanry-Jaunet in memory of beautiful elysian evenings...". In his memoirs Paul Colin remembers his first sight of Baker; "The naked but for green feathers about her hips, her skull lacquered black, she provoked both anger and enthusiasm I still see her, frenzied, undulating, moved by the saxophones' wail. Did her South Carolina dances foretell the era of a new civilisation, finally relieved of fetters centuries old?" (Colin, p.74). For his part Hanry-Jaunet "claimed that it is 'impossible to resist her charm, her gaminerie, her rhythm', and remarked also that 'her body is always sculptural'" (Lemke, p,99). Colin's wonderfully spontaneous sketches unquestionably remain the most persuasive record of the spontaneity of La Baker in performance.

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Description

Square octavo - "en carré" - in the original pictorial paper wrappers, printed in red and black.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece in black and sepia and 28 other illustrations, most full-page, from Colin's perfectly evocative images of Baker.

Condition

Wraps just a little rubbed, with pin-holes to the lower fore-corners, very occasional spot of foxing, but overall an excellently preserved copy of this oddly formatted and consequently fragile production, very good.

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