THIS LOT CONSISTS OF THREE FRENCH BOOKS, EACH WITH A PHOTOMONTAGE COVER ILLUSTRATION: 20 Ans de Suspense Diplomatique by Genevieve Tabouis,
En Amerique by Andre Maurois, and Les Complices by Simenon (shown).
20 Ans de Suspense Diplomatique. Genevieve Tabouis. Editions Albin Michel, Paris, 1958. First edition. Thick octavo. Photomontage dustjacket over paper.
408 pp. The dustjacket illustration uses scattered full-length and half-length portraits of notable political and diplomatic figures, printed in black or grey, around the background; names of locales printed in oblique grey lines of lettering; red title lettering. Lower outer corner of front cover and upper outer corner of blank back cover with light crease marks, several small old water spots on spine, otherwise near fine.
En Amerique. Andre Maurois. Flammarion, Paris, 1933. Small octavo. Photomontage wrappers. 126 pp. + ads. A dramatic photomontage superimposing
an image of the Statue of Liberty on an aerial view of Manhattan that wraps around to the rear cover; printed in shades of brown. An attractive copy with light rubbing at very edges of spine hinges and a light crease in spine from opening the book; edges of pages tanned.
Les Complices. Simenon. Presses de la Cite, Paris, 1955. 218 pp. + publisher's ads for other Simenon titles. Cover of the novel shows a tree-lined street with a superimposed transparent traffic sign showing a car and curving lines, all printed in shades of grey. Title and publisher's name printed superimposed over image in red. Very good; one light spot of soiling, pages tanned.
Photomontage was elevated to an art form in twentieth century Europe, and it was used in various ways to good effect in book cover and book jacket design. A fertile and under-explored area of graphic design for the adventurous collector.