In-8 [236 x 170] with a frontispiece, (4) ff. 105 pp, (3) ff. the last 2 blank, 11 plates: paperback, filled cover.
Partly original edition: it is illustrated with twelve color drawings by the author, reproduced in facsimile.
Limited edition of 530 numbered copies : one of 440 on vellum paper of Montgolfier d'Annonay, not numbered.
Autograph letter from the author to Igor Stravinsky: à mon cher Igor // Jean // V illefranche // 1er janvier 1926
The year 1926 corresponds to the period when the relationship between the musician and the writer was the most intense. At the end of the summer of 1925, Stravinsky had asked Jean Cocteau to compose a libretto for an opera-oratorio on the myth of Oedipus, with the directive that the text be in Latin. The text was translated by the future cardinal Jean Daniélou. OEdipus Rex is one of the masterpieces of 20th century lyrical music. The relationship between Cocteau and Stravinsky, based on mutual esteem, was often stormy.
Cover tarnished, back restored.