Death and Sensuality: A Study of Eroticism and the Taboo [FIRST EDITION]. Georges Bataille.

Death and Sensuality: A Study of Eroticism and the Taboo [FIRST EDITION]

New York: Walker and Company, 1962.

First Edition. Hardcover. First Edition. 8 1/4" X 5 3/4". 276pp. Book presents nicely with unclipped dust jacket encased in protective archival sleeve. Wear to jacket with rubbing, creasing, and chipping to covers, corners, and edges. Toning to rear cover. 6 1/2" closed tear to front cover. Bound in white cloth over boards with spine lettered in blue. Light toning to edges and spine. Corners are gently bumped. Faint dust-spotting to edges of text block. Previous owner's name in ink to front free endpaper. Inked underlining and notation to pages. Penciled notation to rear free endpaper. Binding is sound.

Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality—Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective. He challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ranges from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss, and Dr. Kinsey; and the subjects he covers include prostitution, mythical ecstasy, cruelty, and organized war. Investigating desire prior to and extending beyond the realm of sexuality, he argues that eroticism is "a psychological quest not alien to death."(Publisher). Good / fair. Item #9010

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