Paris: Mercure de France, 1970. First French Edition, preceding all others.
Warmly INSCRIBED by Truffaut to French cinema historian and writer Maurice Bessy on the half-title page. Bessy is best known for various associations with Orson Welles, most notably his work with the director on "Mr. Arkadin."
Truffaut's second book, containing his screenplays for the first four Antoine Doinel films. The Doinel character, realized onscreen over a number of years by Jean-Pierre Leaud, was Truffaut's autobiographical double, and the films compiled here begin in Doinel's childhood with "The 400 Blows" (1959) and continue through adolescence and early manhood with "Antoine and Colette" (1962), "Stolen Kisses" (1968), and "Bed and Board" (1970). Quite uncommon in dust jacket, and a wonderful association with Bessy, a major figure in French and world cinema of the 1950s and 1960s.
Near Fine in card wrappers in a Near Fine dust jacket.