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VVV 1 - 4 (A complete set)

by Hare, David; Breton, Andre; Duchamp, Marcel; Ernst, Max (eds.)

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New York: VVV. 1942-1944. Periodical. Handsome modern two-tone cloth with brown leather spine stamped in gilt, a complete set of issues 1, 2/3, and 4 with original wraps bound in. The boards are near fine; there is a little browning to the top edge of the front endpapers and a small chip from the top edge of the rear pastedown endpaper. Wraps. very good with usual roughness to the wallet edges.The chicken-wire has been provided for the insert at the end of issue 2/3. A deluxe magazine, having the look of the earlier surrealist periodical, Minotaure, published in Paris, this was the magazine of the French Surrealists in exile in New York. One of the most handsome of the Surrealist productions. Articles appear in English or in French. The first issue (June, 1942) leads off with a tip of the hat to their US hosts, a piece by Lionel Abel and a poem by William Carlos Williams, but soon comes Benhamin Peret’s “The Thaw,” and Breton’s “Prolegomena to a Third Manifesto of Surrealism or Else” (in English and French) + Ernst, Cesaire, Carrington, Motherwell, Cravan, Valentine Penrose, + illustrations by Matta, Masson, de Chirico, Seligmann and more. The double issue 2/3 (March 1943) contains another important position paper by Breton, “Situation du Surrealisme Entre Les Deux Guerres,” Robert Allerton Parker, Brauner, Carrington, Le Jeu de Marseille (surrealist playing cards), Lam, Gypsy Rose Lee, Tanning and many more. The final issue, No. 4 (February 1944) includes Duchamp's Allegorie de Genre with die-cut and embossed pages, a wonderful letter from a very young Philip Lamantia, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of Surrealism and pledging his loyalty to it + three of his poems, Leonora Carrington's "Down Below," many black and white as well as color plates. Among the contributors are Breton, Peret, Mesens, Cesaire, Mabille, Brunius, Henien and more. The illustrations are by Matta (front cover and more) , Ernst, Carrington, Lamba, Tanguy, Tanning and many more. Extra postage may be required shipping of this oversize book. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 72; 143; 86 pp .

  • Bookseller: Beasley Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 28481
  • Title: VVV 1 - 4 (A complete set)
  • Author: Hare, David; Breton, Andre; Duchamp, Marcel; Ernst, Max (eds.)
  • Format/binding:Periodical
  • Book condition: Used
  • Publisher: VVV
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1942-1944
  • Keywords: Surrealism, Art, Poetry


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