Acéphale was a French review put out by Georges Bataille, named from the Greek akephalos (headless), and it ran 1936-1939. The iconic cover was illustrated by André Masson with a drawing openly inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing of Vitruvian Man, who embodies classical reason. Masson's figure, however, is headless, his groin covered by a skull, and holds in his right hand a burning heart, while in his left he wields a dagger. Many of the articles focus on Nietzsche, and were written in protest of the way the philosopher's ideas had been wrongly taken up by the Nazis. There was a final issue which was not published. This 1995 book brings together the material in all the issues, in original page layout with illustrations, including that from the final unpublished one. Its subtitle states this: 'réédition des numéros publiés et du numéro final non publié'. NOTE: all articles are in the original French.


Paris: Editions Jean-Michel Place, 1995.  Hardback, vi+126pp.


Acephale; Religion, Sociologie, Philosophie. [Georges Bataille, Maurice Heine, Pierre Klossowski et al.] Paris: Editions Jean Michel Place. 1995. Collected Edition, being a reprinting of the original 1930's issues of this deeply influential public review. 11” x 7.5” Bound in publisher's glossy blue paper covered boards, minor wear and fading, a very good, clean copy indeed. Internally clean. Essentially a collected facsimile reprint of the original issues of Acephale. A scarce book.

Acéphale - George Bataille et al, eds.