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106 TZARA, Tristan.
la deuxième aventure céleste de monsieur Antipyrine.
Paris. Les classiques des éditions des reverbères. (1938). 15th November 1938. 8vo. Four folded sheets, stitched as issued: Half-title, verso blank; typographic title, verso blank; la deuxième aventure céleste de monsieur Antipyrine; final leaf blank recto, justification verso. Stitched as issued in original publisher's blue hand-made paper wrappers with typographic title in black to upper wrapper.
From the edition limited to 125 copies, with this one of 7, copy H, printed on vergé de Hollande, for Michel Tapié de Celeyrand [sic] with his name stamped on the justification.
ALSO INCLUDED WITHIN AN ADDITIONAL PROOF SET OF THE WRAPPERS ARE THE COMPLETE PROOFS OF THE TEXT WITH CORRECTIONS BY TZARA:
Printed recto only on cheap newspaper stock, the seven proof sheets for the whole of the text feature Tzara's corrections. On the whole Tzara limits himself to spelling corrections, but in several instances he corrects the typography and layout and edits the text. In particular he takes exception to those passages, obviously misunderstood by the printers, where the characters speak nonsensically or in groups of single letters providing a fascinating insight into Dada composition. On a separate, smaller sheet of newspaper is the printed justification statement, corrected by Tzara in ink, additionally annotated: 'Bon à tirer / Tristan Tzara / Paris le 10 Nov. 38'. This proof was approved by Tzara five days prior to publication. A proof on white glossy paper for the typography of the title page and wrappers is also included.
Also included are a letter ('Paris, le 16 avril '1940') and two postcards from Tzara to Tapié (Sanary, Var, 31 mai and 20 août, 1941) and a folded sheet of Dada note paper headed 'MOUVEMENT DADA / ZURICH' with a typed sheet of an excerpt from the text for la deuxième aventure céleste de monsieur Antipyrine - possibly one of Tzara's drafts for the work.
Michel Tapié de Celeyran (he wrote under the name Michel Tapié) was a cousin of Toulouse-Lautrec and one of the most important French critics and theorists of the twentieth century although he remained determinedly unacademic. An early exponent of Abstract Expressionism through his essay Un Art Autre and, indeed, a Tachist (the European arm of Abstract Expressionism as expressed by Wols, Tapié and Georges Mathieu) in his own right, Tapié was also responsible for the Turin-based International Centre of Aesthetic Research, was linked to the Japanese Gutai group and had a direct influence on Fluxus.