Dijon: Impremerie Jobard, 1946. First Edition. Wraps. Original 8vo. stapled printed wrappers in (original?) glassine. Near fine. Mild toning to interior. Else clean, sharp, and sound. Text in French. 60pp. Near fine. Item #22807
Jacques Foucart-Borville (1912-2005) was just a young magistrate when he wrote this slender account of the political graffiti of Resistance prisoners under Vichy at the Rue D'Auxonne prison in Dijon. Recognizing the essential ephemerality of these wall writings, Foucart penned and published LES GRAFFITI in the immediate aftermath of The Liberation, dedicating the book in part to his grandfather, who was imprisoned during "The Terror" for hiding a parish priest. Foucart organizes the book by types of prisoners, transcribing the graffiti and atrributing it when possible to particular prisoners — often with biographical details. Reprinted in 1966 as LES GRAFFITI DE LA RUE D'AUXONNE: Prison de Dijon, OCLC finds just four copies of the first edition - all in France. As Foucart argues near the end of this book, these prisoners often died "...pour nous transmettre un message de trois mots: 'Foi, Patrie, Espérance'" ("...to send us a message of just three words: 'Faith, Fatherland, Hope'"). A rare work forging an early link between graffiti and politics.