Locus Solus
  • Locus Solus


    Raymond Roussel. 


    Berkeley: University of California Press, 1970. Octavo. Green boards with gilt lettering. Unclipped jacket has a closed tear and modest rubbing to the back cover. First American edition. Book is near fine, jacket is very good.


    The wealthy scientist Martial Canterel guides a group of visitors through his expansive estate, Locus Solus, where he displays his various deranged inventions: a machine propelled by the weather, which constructs a mosaic out of varying hues of human teeth; a hairless cat charged with a powerful electric battery; a bizarre theater in which corpses are reanimated with a special serum to enact the most important movements of their past lives.