Inscribed by the author

Cocteau, Jean, French poet, painter and playwright (1889-1963). L'Aigle à deux têtes.

[Paris], Gallimard, 1946.

8vo. 196 pp. Paperback. Spine detached.


First edition. Half-title inscribed to Hayani Sassoon with a drawing of a face and scribbles, dated 1947.

Cocteau's play on the impossible love between a widowed queen who despises her regimented life at court and her would-be anarchist assassin with a secret passion for his target premiered at Théâtre Hébertot in Paris on 21 December 1946 and saw subsequent productions in London and New York.