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L'Art de Voir de Guillaume Tempel

Ernst, Max. Iliazd

Paris. Iliazd. 1964, 21 avril
A very fine copy in the original printed envelope of the very scarce Iliazd and Ernst collaboration to mark the publication of Maximiliana.

From the edition limited to 70 copies on japon ancien numbered and signed by Iliazd in pencil and with Ernst's signed etching.

This copy also includes the original invitation - a sheet of red card (303 x 102 mm) with printed text in black, the typography by Iliazd, recto only - to the vernissage of the exhibition of the collaboration between Iliazd and Ernst 'Au Point Cardinal' in rue Jacob, 'le Mercredi 29 Avril', 1964.

'L'art de voir de Guillaume Tempel', was published to coincide with the exhibition of the text and etchings for Iliazd and Ernst's forthcoming collaboration 'Maximiliana, ou l'exercise illégal de l'astronomie', held at 'Point Cardinal', 3 rue Jacob in Paris, from April 29th to May 30th, 1964. Both works were inspired by the work of the self-taught astronomer, poet and lithographer Wilhelm Lebrecht Tempel (1821 - 1889) who had discovered the asteroid 'Maximiliana' (later 'Cybèle') on March 8th, 1861. Iliazd had made his own discovery - Tempel's poems, notes, drawings and lithograph charts - and proposed the book which Max Ernst regarded ultimately as his masterpiece. The additional booklet, on glossy paper, presents a time-line of Tempel's life and discoveries with quotations from his letters.

[Spies 96B; I Libri di Iliazd 26; see Isselbacher 4].
[10 unnumbered leaves from 5 bifolia of japon ancien; 14 unnumbered leaves from 7 bifolia of glossy paper]. 2 vols. Tall 8vo. (316 x 125 mm). Original etching with aquatint by Max Ernst, signed in pencil at lower right (sheet size: 310 x 106 mm; image size: 201 x 54 mm); the accompanying booklet, in matching format on glossy white paper features 12 reproductions of monochrome photographs. Original publisher's grey / green wrappers with printed vignette in black to front covers and white glossy wrappers with title to front cover in black, loose in original publisher's envelope with matching vignette and numbered at upper right in pencil in Iliazd's hand as per the book.

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