np: United Pirates, 2005. First edition. Square 12mo, 48 pp, bound in photographically illustrated flexibile boards.
A clandestine publication issued under the "United Pirates" imprint. This small and intriguing photobook collections snapshots by an unnamed French doctor of beachgoers in Cannes during the mid 1950's - some of them perhaps recognizable from celluloid dreams.
"These pictures were taken during a rare period of unbelievable tolerance, probably as an anticlimax after the horros of a world conflict. The photographer was a French dotor who worked near the beach in Cannes during the mid 1950's. For the enjoyment of the reader, daytime scenes alternate with furtive nightly meetings. We have deliberately refrained from indicating which characters meet more than once. Any resemblance to famous actors attending the Film Festival would be purely coincidental." - Tom Bruce, from the foreward.
Similar in design to the beautiful and mysterious publications of the French bookseller Serge Plantureaux, a suggestion that the entry for the Bibliotheque National copy also makes this suggestion in discrete brackets. The colophon of the book states that the publication is "Not for sale - not for giving - not for keeping. Please destroy after reading."
Fine. Item #27683