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Poésies. Illustrées par 10 lithographies originales de Hans Bellmer

Bellmer, Hans. Ducasse, Isidore

Paris. Pierre Belfond. 1970
Hans Bellmer illustrating Isidore Ducasse's 'Poésies' with the additional suite.

From the edition limited to 100 copies, with this one of 10 from the édition de tête with the additional suite on Japon with each plate signed in pencil by Bellmer.

Isidore Ducasse (1846 - 1870) was the author, under the pseudonym Comte de Lautréamont, of 'Les Chants de Maldoror', an extraordinary work of the imagination published in the late 1860s. Ducasse's only other publication 'Poésies' was issued in two separate parts in 1870 shortly before the author's death.

'In the Anthologie de l'Humeur Noir, Breton wrote: 'In the eyes of certain poets today, Les Chants de Maldoror and Poésies shine with an incomparable brilliance. They are the expression of a total revelation, which seems to exceed the possibilities of man ... Language, rather than style, undergoes with Lautréamont a profound crisis; it begins again.' His imagery, with its hallucinatory force, his far-fetched analogies, his use of art as a means of confronting life, his rejection of conventional morality and modes of thinking, were all qualities the surrealists found deeply sympathetic. He seemed to them to be the real progenitor of the surrealist spirit.' (Dawn Ades - Dada and Surrealism Reviewed).
[20 unnumbered bifolia = 40 leaves (book) + 10 leaves (suite)]. Oblong 4to. (330 x 260 mm). Half-title, justification, title with copyright, dedications and quotation by Ducasse and Ducasse's text illustrated with 10 original lithographs, each signed and numbered by Bellmer in pencil together with the additional suite on Japon, also signed and numbered by Bellmer in pencil. Loose as issued in original publisher's mulberry handmade paper wrappers (the suite in an additional wrapper), black cloth chemise and matching slipcase.