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Ainsi Va L'Amitié

Char, René, Georges Braque, Mariette Lachaud, Pierre André Benoit

(Alès). P[ierre]. A[ndré]. B[enoit]. 1962
An excellent copy of this scarce book by PAB marking the friendship of the four contributors in a beautiful binding by Martin.

From the edition limited to 21 copies, signed and numbered by PAB and with Lachaud's final photograph signed in pencil.

The 8 photographs illustrate two aphorisms, the first 'Chemin faisant ainsi va l'amitié' by George Braque and the second 'Nous n'avons pas de souvenirs. / Nous en laissons.' by René Char. Four of the photographs are by Mariette Lachaud (portrait of George Braque and René Char, two portraits of Braque, and a view of Braque's atelier signed by Lachaud in pencil). The other four photographs are by PAB himself (two portraits of René Char, portrait of Georges Braque, and a view of Avignon).

[Montpellier 409].
pp. (16). Oblong 4to. (222 x 270 mm). Title, leaf with list of contributors, aphorisms by Braque and Char illustrated with 8 tipped-in original monochrome photographs by Mariette Lachaud and PAB each with caption, leaf with list of subjects and attribution and justification. Full terracotta calf by Pierre-Lucien Martin with his signature in blind and dated 1962, front board with inset panel of polished wood incised with the contributors names, title to spine in blind, wood doublures and endpapers, matching wool-lined calf-backed card board chemise and matching slipcase.

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