[New York]: Harlan Quist, 1970. Unbound Proofs. Quarto, publisher's loose white self wraps over loose signatures, original illustrated dust jacket.
Rare unbound proofs of children’s book by French journalist and playwright Guy Monreal, radiantly illustrated by French artist Nicole Claveloux. Following the telegraphic travels of "perverse protagonist" Alala as she transcends reality in various capacities, this hallucinatory pictorial journey epitomizes the connection between the sociocultural climate of the late 60s and early 70s and the transformation of children's books. Inspired by the psychedelic graphics of the era, specifically the work of Push Pin Studios and German illustrator Heinz Edelmann, Claveloux was a regular collaborator with the innovative and edgy children’s book publisher Harlin Quist after provocateur and Quist shareholder François Ruy-Vidal spotted her work in Marie Claire. Similarly to Vidal, Claveloux thought children's books should encourage readers' imaginations to run wild, and rejected the pedagogical and authoritarian ideals of the post-war period that the child’s psyche should be "protected" at all costs. The book was published simultaneously in French and English (as here) in hardcover in 1970, with no evident paperback issue. The present unbound proofs in dust jacket were presumably for in-house circulation prior to publication. Some edgewear; unclipped dust jacket lightly worn and soiled, with small dampstain to verso. Very good. Item #2947