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Sophie Calle: La Fille du docteur (The Doctor's Daughter), Limited Edition [SIGNED]

Publisher: New York: Thea Westreich, 1991
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: As New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 107043



First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 230 signed and numbered copies, this copy being #29/230. Hardcover. Faux leopard-skin cloth-covered boards in a paper-covered box with printed label; no dust jacket as issued. Artist's book with photographs and ephemera by Sophie Calle. Graphic design by Tony Morgan. Unpaginated (68 pp., with 18 black-and-white plates (15 of which are printed on transluscent paper) and 15 hand-written cards in tipped-in glassine envelopes. Book is 11-3/8 x 8-1/4 inches; box is 11-1/2 x 8-3/4 inches.


As New. A rare Mint copy.


[Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).] In this exquisite artist's book, Calle juxtaposes photographs taken during her 1979 performance "The Striptease" with facsimile cartes-de-visite sent to her parents (the title of the book comes from the fact that Calle's father was a physician) by friends and colleagues following her birth. (The English translations of these cards are printed on the pages following each plate.) A poignant irony results from the well-wishers' happy and hopeful messages about "little Sophie" literally sharing the same pages as photographs depicting her stripping to full nudity. The Doctor's Daughter suggests not only a reversal of her naked arrival in the world, but also the familiar themes of this extraordinary artist's work: gender, sexuality, surveillance, voyeurism, memory and identity.