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Je Sublime

Ernst, Max. Péret, Benjamin

Paris. Editions Surréalistes. 1936. 30th Jun, 1936
Maurice Heine's presentation copy of the collaboration featuring Max Ernst's colour frottages with Benjamin Péret's verse: 'Je Sublime'.

From the edition limited to 241 numbered copies, with this one of 25 hors commerce examples from the total edition of 41 copies with the four original frottages by Max Ernst and with large protruding and untrimmed sheets; 200 copies on vergé were also issued that did not include Ernst's frottages.

Benjamin Péret's presentation is in black ink to the half-title: 'A Maurice Heine /qui répand le sang et / le goût du sang comme un / boisson de jasmin / Son ami / Benjamin Péret'.

Maurice Heine (1884 - 1940) was a writer and editor, he was a cousin of Heinrich Heine and was close to the Surrealists, known most particularly for his extensive work related to the Marquis de Sade. Heine wrote fifteen studies on de Sade's work and was the editor and transcriber of the scroll - with de Sade's minuscule manuscript - of 'Les 120 Journées de Sodome, ou l'Ecole du Libertinage' published between 1931 and 1935.

This extremely rare Surrealist collaboration features four original colour frottages, each achieved by hand by Max Ernst to accompany Péret's thirteen poems.

'Les frottages multicolores de Max Ernst, chacun réalisé à la main par l'artiste avec les couleurs différentes, déploient un imaginaire érotique se développant à l'intérieur d'un crâne ou d'une partie de crâne. Cette technique de frottage en couleurs obtenu à partir d'un bloc gravé fut utilisé par Max Ernst la même année pour le frontispiece du tirage à part de 'Minotaure' du texte d'André Breton 'Le Château étoilé'.' (De Parallèlement a Chanson Complète', pg. 385).

'Buch mit vier eingehefteten farbigen Frottagen in der Vorzusausgabe. Die Anzahl der Farben variiert innerhalb der Auflage.' (Spies).

[Spies / Leppien 16B; Russell (Books) 14; Gershman pg. 33; De Parallèlement à Chanson Complète pp. 383 - 385].
[28 unnumbered leaves including 4 inserted leaves with Ernst's frottages: frottage by Ernst; half-title with list of Péret's publications verso; title, 13 poems by Péret and three additional frottages by Ernst; justification with achevé d'imprimer verso; final blank leaf]. 8vo. (Wrapper size: 148 x 107 mm. Sheet size (max.): 206 x 220 mm.). Illustrated with four original colour frottages on cream paper by Max Ernst; sheet size: 143 x 102 mm. Original publisher's green printed wrappers with duotone title to upper cover.
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