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Vingt-Cinq Poèmes. Dix gravures sur bois de Hans Arp

Arp, Hans. Tzara, Tristan

Zurich. Collection Dada. 1918
First edition of this superb Dada collaboration and Tzara's second collection.

A fine copy, completely unsophisticated, and with a presentation in ink: 'hommage / Tristan Tzara / Zurich / Hôtel Seehof Schifflande'.

The work is Tzara's second published collection of poetic experiments. Vingt-cinq Poèmes is unquestionably one of the book highlights of the heroic period of the Dada movement, as founded in Zurich (1916).

'An important document of the Dada movement by two of its founders. The non-objective woodcuts are similar to Arp's wooden reliefs and collages at this time and their free form is expressive of the automatic quality valued by the Dadaists.' (The Artist and the Book).
[26 unnumbered leaves]. 8vo. (205 x 146 mm). Leaf with title and woodcut vignette by Arp recto, leaf with presentation recto and Tzara's verse verso, 15 leaves with Tzara's 25 verses recto and verso and eight original woodcuts by Arp, each recto only, final leaf with justification / colophon and woodcut vignette by Arp verso; printed text in French lowercase throughout. Original card wrappers with pasted-down title label with titles in black and original woodcut by Arp, later morocco-backed chemise and slipcase.

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