San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1989. 2nd Printing. Small quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wrappers.
"Above all, Eros is the tragic god.” Early printing 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. Originally published in English by City Lights Books in 1989. Light edgewear to wraps. Near fine. Item #5523