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Inscribed to Simone de Beauvoir

Sens-Plastique Tome II.

Port-Louis, Ile Maurice [Mauritius]: The General Printing & Stationery Co. Ltd. T. Esclapon, 1947.

Price: $750.00

About the item

First edition, one of 300 copies. Portrait frontispiece. [6], xv, 592 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed to Simone de Beauvoir. Illustrated wrappers. Spine toned.

Item #368865

Inscribed by the author, “A Madame Simone de Beauvoir / Paris / Hommage / de l'auteur / M. de Chazal / 11/7/47 / Malcolm de Chazal / Port Louis, Ile Maurice”

Separately published volume of “literary impressionism”, aphoristic artistic and philosophical musings. An unusual imprint (tome I is already listed as out of print). Gallimard published a second edition in Paris in 1948 and Chazal came to fascinate the surrealists. Auden was a fan, and wrote a foreword to a 1971 partial English translation, “Sens-Plastique has now been a companion of mine for nearly twenty years, and so far as I am concerned, Malcolm de Chazal is much the most original and interesting French writer to emerge since the war”.

An unusual presentation to the celebrated French author Simone de Beauvoir, who had been one of the founders of Le Temp Moderne, and whose most significant work, Le Deuxième sexe, was published by Gallimard in 1949.