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COCTEAU, Jean.

Opium.

The Diary of an Addict. Translated by Ernest Boyd.

New York, Longmans, Green and Co., 1932 Stock Code: 135702
£950.00

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First edition, first printing. Based on his addiction to, and recovery from, opium in 1929, "this highly personal chronicle-cum-essay is really another White Paper, for Cocteau is putting on the table all the documents for and against opium. He explains that initially under the drug's spell he had lived some of his finest hours, during which he opened himself up to the deepest layers of his being and experienced feelings of euphoria. But opium was a 'living substance' and like all drugs exacts a price. The opium-eater is, as he puts it, eventually eaten by opium. Cocteau's accompanying drawings are dramatic and harrowing, half-phantasmatic and tortured in appearance, but always clear and sharp" (Williams, p. 142).

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.

Illustrations

With 27 illustrations by the author.

Condition

Light sunning to spine and extremities, faint running stain to bottom corner of pages. A good copy in the dust jacket, lightly rubbed, spine sunned, light chips and nicks at extremities repaired with tape on verso, faint stain to verso.

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