The poet Edmond Jabès has written about reading and writing in near-allegorical terms. An example is Les deux livres, a collection of contemplations and Socratic dialogues in which a sage tells us that there were two books lying on his table: that of God and his own. He then says: 'God brought mine and I brought the other'. The line about poems, white pages, virginity and the voracious appetite of paper and book that defies every religion have been typeset with plenty of white spaces by La Charité in Montpellier for publisher Fata Morgana.
Title pagewith frontispiece: gouacheby Jean Capdeville
Textby Edmond Jabès with gouacheby Jean Capdeville
This well-known publisher has released a large number of bibliophile and regular editions as well as a number of series, including some with original photographs and gouaches. For this artists' book, of which only 30 copies were published, Jean Capdeville produced original paintings with paint and chalk in black and green. Half a month after the completion of the printing work (17 March), Jabès's text was also published in a trade edition by Gallimard:Un étranger avec, sous le bras, un livre de petit format (30 March 1989).
|Description:||Les deux livres / Edmond Jabès ; [peintures originales par] Jean Capdeville. - [Saint-Clément-la-Rivière] : Fata Morgana, 1989. -  p. : ill. ; 29 cm|
|Printer:||Impr. de la Charité (Montpellier)|
|This copy:||Number 28 of 30 on Arches (and not on Rives, as is stated in the colophon)|
|Note:||Signed by Jean Capdeville|
|Shelfnumber:||Koopm L 501|
- Jean Capdeville. Céret, Musée d'art moderne de Céret, 1988
- Fata morgana, 1966-1993. Saint-Clément-la-Rivière, Fata Morgana, 1993
- Roger Eliot Stoddard, Edmond Jabès in bibliography: A record of the printed books. 2nd ed., rev. and enlarged.Paris, Lettres modernes Minard, 2001