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Matière et Mémoire ou les Lithographes à l'Ecole. Texte de Francis Ponge


Paris. Fernand Mourlot. 1945
Edition of 60 numbered copies on papier d'Auvergne including ten hors commerce numbered in Roman numerals; copy numbered '5' on the justification and with a presentation in red crayon on the half-title: 'A Yves Breton / chez qui il sera bien / Francis Ponge'.

Also with a proof of plate 30 ('Le supplice du téléphone') on white proofing paper (not Auvergne)loosely inserted and inscribed 'épreuve d'essai'. [Webel 42].

Yves Breton was a prominent lawyer and bibliophile who knew Dubuffet, Ponge, PAB, Claire Goll et al. His library, including important Surrealist books, was sold in an anonymous sale in 1954.

[Webel 13 - 46; see pp. 22 - 31; Logan Collection 117].
[24 unnumbered bifolia; pp. (iv), 5 - 13, (i)]. Folio. (335 x 260 mm). Half-title with justification verso, title, 5 leaves with Ponge's text and and 34 original lithographs by Jean Dubuffet, two in colour, each printed recto only and numbered at lower right in pencil, final leaf with achevé d'imprimer recto. (Sheet size: 328 x 250 mm). Original publisher's brown printed wrappers with text in black, original paper board chemise with title label to spine and slipcase.