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Der Pyramidenrock

Arp, Hans

Zurich / Munich. Eugen Rentsch Verlag. 1924
First edition of Arp's poems.

Written in German in four-line stanzas with varying meters, 'Der Pyramidenrock' ('the Pyramid Dress') was Arp's third collection of Dada verse after 'Der Vogel Selbdritt' ('the Bird Thrice with Itself') and 'Die Wolkenpumpe' ('the Cloud Pump') both published in 1920. Including poems such as 'sekundenzeiger' ('the Second Hand'), 'arabische sanduhr' ('Arabic Hourglass') and 'Die gebadete Urtext' ('the Washed Urtext'), this collection of thirteen poems demonstrates Arp's increasing poetic confidence.

The portrait frontispiece appears to have been done by Modigliani in 1914 in Paris when Arp became acquainted with Picasso, Apollinaire and other leaders of Modernism.

[Bleikasten - Aa29].
[36 leaves; pp. 70]. 4to. (252 x 196 mm). Title, leaf with monochrome portrait frontispiece of Arp by Modigliani recto and Arp's verse recto and verso, final two leaves with 'Inhalt'. Original publisher's printed wrappers with the repetitive motif of 'Der Pyramidenrock' printed across the front and rear wrappers three times and downward forty-one times.

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