A rare complete run in 72 fascicules (4/5 and 15/16 are double issues) of the French intellectual leftist journal devoted to politics and ecology, under the editorial direction of Alain Hervé, with a variety of topics covered including solar energy, communal life, organic farming, rallies against power plants, the Creys-Malville nuclear site, feminism, pacifism, pollution, consumption, love, the human body, and the energy crisis, each issue featuring one main story, with contributions from Françoise Biro, Patricia Gautier, Jean-Paul Gibiat, Anne-Marie Koenig, Alain Jaubert, Roland de Miller, Charlotte Vinconneau, Antoine de Caunes, Catherine Willis, Bernard Guetta, Ghislain Nicaise, Gérard Blanc, and many others. Illustrated profusely throughout with photographs, cartoons, and comics, including artwork from Gotlib, Maja, Got & Pétillon, Poussin, G. Failly, and Folon, among others. 4to. Orig. pictorial wrpps. A few issues with minior wear and losses. Paris 1973-1980.
In 1970, Alain Hervé founded the French branch of the environmental group Les Amis de la Terre/Friends of the Earth. Le Sauvage grew out of the publication "Nouvel Observateur", after the editor, Claude Perdriel, noted a growing interest in ecology and environmental issues and tasked Hervé with putting together a special issue on ecology for publication in June 1972. Titled "La Dernière Chance de la Terre", the issue was a success and led to Hervé launching his own magazine the following year. One of the first environmental publications, Le Sauvage started to experience difficulties in the late 1970's when the political and social climate was no longer favorable to protests and alternative movements and lifestyles. After various attempts were made to continue publication, including the introduction of advertising, a reduction in paper quality, and an effort to make the content less intellectual and more appealing to a wider range of readers, publication of Le Sauvage ended in 1980. Additionally, Brice Lalonde, who had taken over for Hervé in running Les Amis de la Terre in 1972, ran in the French presidential election of 1981 as a candidate for the environmentalists and the editorial staff did not wish to appear partial. Very scarce; as of January 2018, WorldCat locates five holdings in United States institutions, most of which appear to be incomplete. Book ID: 48813