London: Violette Editions, 1999. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's maroon cloth over pictorially illustrated paper covered boards, spine and lower board stamped in silver, silver endpapers, maroon tie attached to spine.
First edition of French artist Calle's first major publication in English, presenting a double jeu between herself and the fiction of Paul Auster. Calle's past performances involve an element of snooping–cleaning hotel rooms as a means to make a portrait of it's guests, looking up all the names in a lost address book to understand the life of its owner, having her mother hire a private detective to follow and photograph her–which inspired Auster's character Maria in his 1992 novel Leviathan. In the first chapter of Double Game, Calle "borrows" and reenacts the works made by her fictional doppelganger, most notably following a monochromatic diet with meals dictated by color. In the second chapter, Calle presents the works that Auster "borrowed" for his novel, reproducing photos and texts from past projects such as The Address Book and The Striptease. In the final chapter Auster takes Sophie Calle directly as his subject, writing for her a set of personal instructions that came to be called Gotham Handbook. Elegantly designed, Calle blends together photos, text and facsimile excerpts of Leviathan. Minor rubbing to corners, else fine. Item #5580