MESSENGER, Annette. La Femme Et.

(Geneva, Switzerland): Ecart Publications, 1975. First edition. Oblong 12mo. [24 pages]. Volume issued as part of Messenger’s ‘Cheater’ series, Mixing topics from body art to image editing, the book is composed of a series of photographs presenting the made-up female form – the female artist’s naked body – on which interior and exterior, drawing and photographs merge, accompanied by laconic captions. The cheater, notes Annette Messager, “is never idle and is never lacking material as she plays with herself and on herself.” The tone of the book is sometimes moving (“the woman and the operation”), frankly comical (“the woman and the bearded one”), or falsely tragic as in brief sketches (“the woman and death”, “the woman and fear”). This is a very good copy in printed wrappers, very light wrinkling to middle of bottom edge of pages, published in an edition of 450 numbered copies. Uncommon.