Paris: Jose Corti, (n. d.). 1st edition. 1 of 20 cc. 95,  pp. 10 b/w portraits. 7-5/8" x 5-5/8". Tan paper wrapper with red and black lettering. Slight bump to spine heel and crown. Some tanning to pages. A Very Good Plus copy. Item #32561
Mabille "was a veritable polymath: surgeon, sociologist, active Surrealist from 1934; French cultural attaché in Haiti and first director of the French Institute there (1945); art critic, student of alchemy, astrology, and voodoo. He taught at the École d'Anthropologie and the Faculty of Medicine in Paris (1949-51). As a Surrealist, his most important book is Le Miroir du merveilleux (1940), a wide-ranging and critical anthology. As a thinker, his profession of faith is found in La Construction de l'homme (1936). His desire for a synthesis of different branches of knowledge is revealed in Égrégores ou la Vie des civilisations and La Conscience lumineuse (1938). He also published a psychoanalytical-cum-sociological study, Thérèse de Lisieux (1937).— Keith Aspley.