First edition in large quarto format, one of the 1571 copies on Arches vellum (No. 872) of the Voyage au Congo suivi du Retour du Tchad by André Gide and Marc Allégret.
Famous adventure undertaken by André Gide (1925-1926) accompanied by the director Marc Allégret spanning more than ten months (1925-1926) through French equatorial Africa and the Belgian Congo.
The 64 superb photographs by Marc Allégret, are printed in rotogravure.
Paperback, cover with flaps.
Very good condition as a whole, the tailcap has small tears. The paper of the endpapers at the beginning and the end have foxing, the rest is in perfectly fresh condition.
“the two men look at their contemporaries with a view oscillating between the prejudices inherent in their time and a humanist approach..."
Author: André Gide; Marc Allégret.
Title: Voyage au Congo, suivi du Retour du Tchad, et illustré de soixante-quatre photographies inédites de Marc Allégret.
Place: Publisher, date: Paris, NRF, Gallimard, 1929.
Collation: 304-(2) pp.
Format: large quarto (33 x 26 cm).
In 1925, André Gide left for the Congo and Chad for what would be his longest journey. When he returned,
two accounts were published by Gallimard (Voyage au Congo et Retour du Tchad) in which
the author describes each day of this exceptional adventure, on the border of writing
and reporting. Marc Allégret accompanied him, photographed and filmed the journey. “The less
intelligent the white man, the more stupid the black man appears to him.” Voyage au Congo marks a period in
the history of anti-colonialism, just as Retour de l'Urss, published nine years later,
since it instilled the first doubts in the minds of many admirers of the Stalinist regime. From
his long journey through Gabon, Oubangui-Chari (Central African Republic), Chad and Cameroon,
André Gide brought back an indictment against the systematic abuses of the
rubber companies, ready to organise massacres to guarantee their profits. His testimony has
all the more power since it does not idealize the Africans and since its pays tribute
to the dedicated and competent directors who cross his path, amongst whom is a Guyanese man
promised to a glorious future, Félix Eboué. But indignation is hardly 10% of the
book; the rest is devoted to the wonder inspired by the tornadoes, waterfalls, ferns
epiphytes and butterflies. The reader will also appreciate the funny show presented by this
chance explorer. Between the banks of the Congo river, he sees the most famous writer of his
time, the master thinker of youth, slaughter guinea fowl, ducks and a vulture, bullfight
a warthog, escape from crocodiles, butcher a hippopotamus and indulge with the enthusiasm of
a child in the “slightly Neronian pleasure of lighting a fire in the bush.” (Marc Sénécal)
- Number of Books
- Art, Illustrated, Literature, Photography, Travels
- Author/ Illustrator
- André Gide; Marc Allégret
- Book Title
- Voyage au Congo, suivi du Retour du Tchad, et illustré de soixante-quatre photographies inédites.
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- Illustrated Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 33×26 cm