COCTEAU, Jean. La Machine Infernale.

(Paris): Bernard Grasset, 1934.  First edition.  Octavo.  224 pages plus a suite of 16 illustrations by the author.  The first publication of Cocteau’s four act play which is often referred to as a modernized version of Sophocles’ masterwork Oedipus Rex, but it’s more accurate to say that Cocteau used the same source material as Sophocles – the multi-faceted myth of the returning son who accidentally kills his father and marries his mother – and produced a very different play.  A very good copy, Ex Libris plate of Paul Guinet on inside cover,  in printed wrappers.  Of a total edition of 1200 copies this is one of 880 copies on Alfa Navarre. 


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