(Paris): Éditions du Seuil, 1975. Perfect-bound volume, measuring 7 x 4.75 inches: 191, . Original stiff color pictorial wrappers, reproducing a 1974 painting by Barthes, “Souvenir de Juan-les-Pins.” Black interior wrappers with lines in Barthes’s hand printed in white. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations throughout text. Inscribed by Barthes in blue ink on first page: “à Paul Ricoeur / en fidèle sympathie / Roland Barthes.” Wrappers lightly toned, small crease to lower wrapper.
First edition of French philosopher Roland Barthes’s intellectual autobiography, an inventive critical interpretation of the materials of his own life. Barthes opens with a gallery of family photographs, only to announce his imminent turn away from “l’imaginaire d’images” toward his life as text: “Un autre imaginaire s’avancera alors: celui de l’écriture.” This copy is warmly inscribed by Barthes to fellow philosopher Paul Ricoeur, a pioneer in the fields of phenomenology and hermeneutics, whose own emphasis on treating “the self as an other” is at work in Barthes’s book. Text in French. A near-fine copy, with an excellent association.