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Les Malheurs des Immortels révélés par Paul Eluard et Max Ernst

Ernst, Max. Eluard, Paul

Paris. Éditions de la Revue Fontaine. 1945
An excellent unsophisticated copy from the édition de tête, limited to 10 copies on Madagascar, of the second edition of the seminal collaboration marking the boundary between dada and Surrealism.

From the edition limited to 1,860 numbered or lettered copies, with this one of 10 lettered hors commerce copies from the édition de tête on Madagascar.

Reprinted by Henri Parisot from the edition of 1922, which was issued in very small numbers ('un petit nombre d'exemplaires' as per the publisher's note), this second edition reproduces the first exactly adding only a publisher's explanatory note and a justification. 'Les Malheurs des Immortels' matches Paul Eluard's prose poems with Max Ernst's 'synthetic' collages. Each poem is faced with one collage; the collages are reproduced at two thirds of the size of those in the orignal edition. An English edition was published by the Black Sun Press in New York in 1943 and a German edition in Cologne by Galerie der Spiegel in 1960.

'Ce livre d'étroite collaboration peintre-poète est un des jalons majeurs du livre au vingtième siècle ... L'importance de ces collages est soulignée par le fait que c'est essentiellement grâce à eux que le groupe surréaliste naissant prit conscience des possibilités plastiques du surréalisme.' (De Parallèlement à Chanson Complète).
[24 unnumbered leaves]. 8vo. (224 x 164 mm). Half-title with monochrome frontispiece by Ernst verso, printed title and Eluard's text illustrated with twenty plates after collages by Ernst, final leaf of text with publisher's note concerning the first edition verso, leaf with achevé d'imprimer and justification recto, printer's credit verso. Original publisher's printed wrappers with titles to front cover and spine in green and black.
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