Yves Saint Laurent.
France. Maquette et Edition Mafia. No date . First and only edition. Limited to 1,500 copies, this being copy no. 557. 8 bifolia; 9 printed poems, each accompanied by a full-page illustration on the opposing page; 10 plates in total (including one double page plate) printed in blues, black and silver in a pochoir style; decorated leaf with title and justification; loose in printed blue wrappers, housed in original printed white cardboard case. 380 x 280mm (15 x 11"). 0.7kg. . French. Near fine; folder and plates in excellent condition, all tissue guards present; some light wear and marks to cardboard case which has preserved the book well.
A beautifully produced artist's book by Yves Saint Laurent publicising his perfume Kouros, "the scent of the Gods". Saint Laurent's poems are accompanied by his illustrations. His words and images combine Greek myth and art with the male body and the perfection of masculine beauty. The book was issued as a luxurious publicity brochure and, although there was a limitation of 1,500, copies are now scarce. OCLC records only two copies.