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Z. No. 1. Directeur Paul Dermée. (All Published)

dada

Paris. Au Sans Pareil. 1920, mars
Rare Paris Dada revue published by 'Au Sans Pareil' in 1920.

Although further issues were intended (a price for ten issues is listed on the front wrapper at 10 Francs), this single number was all that was published.

Paul Dermée (1886 – 1951) was the pseudonym of the Belgian poet, author and critic Camille Janssen. He and his wife Céline Arnaud (who produced her own single issue Dada magazine 'Projecteur' also in 1920) were active in Parisian Dada circles and Dermée had helped distribute the revue Dada in Switzerland during the war earning him the title 'Proconsul Dada' from Tzara.

Contributors include Paul Dermée ('Dadaiste Cartésien'), his wife Céline Arnaud, Francis Picabia, Paul Eluard, Philippe Soupault, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Tristan Tzara, André Breton, Louis Aragon, Georges Ferré and a contributor known only by the initials T. S. F.

The texts include Picabia's notorious coment on Gide: 'Si vous lisez André Gide tout haut pendant dix minutes, vous sentirez mauvais à la bouche.'

'Qu'est-ce que Dada! / Tout est dada. / Chacun a ses dadas. / Vous vénérez vos dadas dont vous avez fait des dieux. / Les dadaïstes connaissent leurs dadas et s'en moquent. C'est la grande supériorité qu'ils ont sur vous.' (Paul Dermée).

[Le Fonds de Paul Destribats 129; Ades 8.35].
[Single sheet folded four times to make eight pages]. Tall 8vo. (310 x 230 mm). Printed text and single illustration ('Brevet No. 406,225 - Machine à décrotter les cervelles. SYSTEME DADA') in black throughout on thick paper. Unbound as issued.
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