Georges Simenon: La folle d'Itteville (The Madwoman from Itteville). With photographs by Germaine Krull. From the Phototexte series. Jacques Haumont, Paris, 1931. 128 pp. Octavo (18 x 13.5 cm.) Stiff illustrated wrappers with staple binding. 104 blank-and-white reproductions of photographs by Germaine Krull. 2-sided publisher's card laid in. Glassine protector (possibly original).
An early and very high-profile--Georges Simenon was hugely popular at the time--attempt at the integrating photos into genre fiction. An accessible and inexpensive book, it was designed aimed at a mass audience that, as photography became more and more widespread in the popular press, was quickly becoming more visual savy. Without going to far out on a limb, I'll say that publisher Jacques Haumont was likely watching Hitchcock's recent films. Like the 'Phototexte' series, his early efforts were also doomed to failure.
"La Folle d’Itteville – The Madwoman from Itteville – was meant to be the first in a series of illustrated detective novels published by Jacques Haumont, whose idea it was to launch the collection and with whom Simenon signed a four-book contract. The book failed to sell, however, and this was a first disappointment for Simenon. The second disappointment was the fact that Haumont had hired other writers to contribute other texts to his 'phototext' collection, although Simenon had thought he was going to be the only author of the series. Haumont and Simenon fell out, and the 'phototext' series was virtually stillborn."--from the literary blog ThisIsSuperSerious
A very fragile book, well-preserved; slight abrasion to spine area; staples rusted with some adjacent residue, solidly Near Fine.