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La Bête Noire. Une description du zodiaque et de quelques animaux familiers. Texte de Marcel Broodthaers. Gravures de Jan Sanders

Broodthaers, Marcel

Brussels. Impr. De Keersmaeker. 1961
Original edition, limited to 720 numbered copies, with this copy marked 'hors commerce', and thus printed on slightly larger paper than the remaining edition.

The third publication by Broodthaers (after 'Mon Livre d'ogre' and 'Minuit'), La Bête Noire is his first artist book, with the artist's text accompanied by five woodcuts by Jan Sanders.

This copy with a fine contemporary presentation inscription on the title page, signed by Marcel Broodthaers, presenting this copy to the Belgian art dealer Albert Van Loock. The inscription is dated 28th April 1961.

[Ref. Jamar - Marcel Broodthaers - Complete Graphic Work & Books 28; M. Werner - Marcel Broodthaers, Catalogue of the books 1957-1975, no.3, p.12-13; Printed Matter. Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek. The Marzona Collection at the Kunstbibliothek, p.100].
pp. 16. Narrow oblong 8vo. (15.3 x 28.4 cm). Original red printed wrappers, with woodcut design on front cover.

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