Text by Albert Camus, original lithographs by Syed Sadequain, published by Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, printed on 'velin de Rives' with deckled edges and issued loose in green cloth portfolio with gilt title on spine and contained in a matching cloth box, pp. 146 with 35 original lithographs, 22 of which are in colour and 3 are double-page, this edition is number 11, originally acquired by M. Robert Benoist
The book was launched at a gala dinner in Paris on 27 October 1966. The book was published in a limited edition of 150 copies, with 130 copies dedicated to members of Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-club de France and numbered 1-130 with the beneficiary member's name also printed in the credits. The remaining 20 copies were numbered 'A' to 'T' in pencil and were meant for distribution among Camus' estate, Sadequain, and the collaborators in the book's production.
M. Robert Benoist (1895-1944), Paris
Robert Marcel Charles Benoist was a fascinating character. He fought in World War I as an Infantry soldier and later a fighter pilot. After the War he became a racing driver, and experienced significant success, winning numerous Grand Prix's and the Le Mans 24 Hour race with Bugatti in 1937. When World War II broke out he fled to Britain, where he became a secret agent, parachuting in to France to assist the resistance. He was captured in 1944 and executed at Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
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