Wednesday 30 May 2007

Itinéraire Tripolis Ghadamès

This curious book was published in French by Mondadori in 1939 to promote the attractions of a road trip from Tripoli to Ghadamès through the Libyan desert. The illustrations are uncredited and possess a flair for topographic watercolour combined with an Art Deco sensibility. Not all the images are equally successful but some of the best have been selected here. The narrative is conventional but the mood is dream-like and nowhere more than the scene in a hotel bedroom where a pair of fashionably dressed female guests coexist in an eerie atmosphere of psychological isolation.


stillista said...

very beautiful illustrations

Anonymous said...

Where can we order this book from