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Où Boivent les Loups

Ernst, Max. Tzara, Tristan

Paris. Editions des Cahiers Libres. 1932
André Breton's copy of the rare édition de tête on Japon Nacré with a long presentation from Tzara and Max Ernst's frontispiece etching in three states.

From the edition limited to 1,010 numbered copies, with this one of 10 from the édition de tête on Japon Nacré, signed by Tzara in blue ink and with Max Ernst's original etching as frontispiece; Ernst's etching, here in three states, was issued only with the édition de tête and the three nominatif copies for the author, artist and publisher.

Tzara's long, affectionate and evocative presentation is in black and blue inks to the half-title: 'à André Breton [in black ink, the remainder in blue] / tout au long d'une vie et d'une mort corrigées / sans égards pour les écuries des sommeils / dans la solitude dans l'instable souffle des insectes / dans la raréfaction des contrastes / en signe de complicité linéaire / et d'amitié / Tristan Tzara / [with a drawing of a flower] / Oct. '34'.

The etching, printed by Roger Lacourière, is present in the final published version (Spies E) on Chine appliqué, without letters on Chine appliqué (Spies D) and with the plate cancelled on Chine (not listed by Spies). The etching is itself of considerable rarity in any state with Spies recording only 16 copies in total, no mention of pulls of the barred plate and with the 'D' state known in only a single pull.

Also included, bound in after the title, is Tzara's original manuscript for 'et du jour au lendemain', recto only in blue ink, the eighth poem in four stanzas of 'La Fonte des Ans'; all of Tzara's text is printed in lowercase throughout.

'Ouvrage avec une rarissime gravure de Max Ernst tirée sur Chine appliqué. Cette gravure s;inscrit dans le cycle de 'Loplop', personnage mi-homme mi-oiseau que l'artiste s'est choisi comme double figural vers 1930. Tout en courbes ornementales, ce drôle d'oiseau semble ici avoir pondu ses oeufs dans un encadrement tiré au cordeau.' (Biblithèque d'un Grand Amateur Européen).

The édition de tête of 'Où Boivent les Loups' with Max Ernst's frontispiece, limited to 10 numbered copies as well as those nominatif for the author, artist and publisher, is truly scarce and we can locate only very few extant examples: the present copy with the presentation to Breton (no. 2); a copy described (erroneously?) as Tzara's copy (number 9) sold in 2006 and in a private collection in Germany; Jacques Matarasso's copy, bound by Leroux, sold in 1993 (the number is not known); René Gaffé's copy in a half-binding by Huser (no. 1); and the editor, René Laporte's nominatif copy, sold in Paris in 2016. Of these copies, it seems that only the present example and that of Gaffé include Ernst's frontispiece in three states and only these two, together with that of Laporte, include an envoi from Tzara.

[Spies / Leppien 14; see 'Biblithèque d'un Grand Amateur Européen', lot 126; see Bibliothèque Matarasso, Loudmer, 1993, lot 660].
[94 leaves ; pp. 173, (i)]. 12mo. (194 x 148 mm). Half-title with Tzara's presentation (see below) and 'Du Même Auteur' verso, three leaves with the frontispiece etching by Ernst in three states verso (see also below), printed title with copyright verso, two inserted leaves with manuscript by Tzara and Tzara's verse: 'Pièges en Herbe', 'La Fonte des Ans', 'Où Boivent les Loups' and 'Le Puisatier des Regards', three leaves with 'Table' and final leaf with justification. Full black crushed morocco by Pierre-Lucien Martin with his signature gilt and dated '1955', front and rear boards and spine with elaborate rules in gilt and blind to form an elaborate parallelogrammatic motif, boards with additional onlays of scarlet and beige calf, title gilt to spine, turn-ins ruled in gilt, japon nacré doublures and endpapers, original printed wrappers with titles in black to front cover and spine and publisher's vignette to rear cover preserved, original black calf-backed red paper board chemise and matching slipcase.

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