San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1989. 1st Edition In English. Small quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wrappers.
"Above all, Eros is the tragic god.” First edition in English of prominent French intellectual Georges Bataille’s final work. Originally published in 1961, just one year before his death, the eroticist’s essential study of his idée fixe explores the inextricable intertwining of sensuality and horror across eras and media. Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photos, drawings and reproductions, including historic etchings and prehistoric objects and paintings, all emphasizing the various epochs Bataille explores. Introduction by journalist, erotic art specialist, and Cahiers du Cinéma co-founder Joseph-Marie Lo Duca. Lightest edgewear to wraps, else fine. Item #3018