New York: Urizen Books, 1977. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's half black cloth over mustard paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
First US edition of French writer and philosopher Bataille's classic novel of transgressive sex. Originally published in 1928 under the pseudonym Lord Auch (Bataille's punnily abbreviated translation of "God takes a shit"), Story of the Eye bears the imprint of Bataille's early influences: surrealism, Freud, and the Marquis de Sade: "I stood up and, while Simone lay on her side, I drew her thighs apart, and found myself facing something I imagine I had been waiting for in the same way that a guillotine waits for a neck to slice." The text of this translation is based on the posthumously published fourth French edition, the first to identify Bataille as author, and includes his "Outline of a Sequel," as well as his reflections on the novel's genesis. An earlier edition in English, translated by Austryn Wainhouse, appeared in 1953, issued by the Paris-based Olympia Press under the title "A Tale of Satisfied Desire," attributed to another of Bataille's pseudonym's, Pierre Angélique. Two small stains to fore-edge, textblock over-opened at several points but signatures sound; light soiling to unclipped dust jacket. A nice copy of a fragile, cheaply produced book. Item #780