Mitsou: Quarante Images par Baltusz was published in 1921 by Rotapfel-Verlag of Erlenbach-Zürich and Leipzig. The original edition, 9 3/4 inches (24.9 centimeters) high and 7 3/4 inches (19.5 centimeters) wide, included thirteen pages of text and forty leaves of plates. The book contained a preface in French by Rainer Maria Rilke. Balthus's dedication reads: A MON CHER/ARSÈNE DAVITCHO/B.K. (To my dear/Arsène Davitcho/B.K. [Balthasar Klossowski de Rola]).