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CREVEL, Rene; illustrated by ERNST, Max; [STERN, James]; translated by BOYLE, Kay
MR. KNIFE, MISS FORK
Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1931. First edition. A rare inscribed presentation copy from Max Ernst to James Stern. Publisher's black buckram, decorated in gilt to a design by Max Ernst. Illustrated with 19 original photograms by Max Ernst, each with a glassine guard, with the title printed in red. Black endpapers. Housed in a bespoke quarter morocco solander case. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with rubbing and fraying at the spine tips and corners. The contents are entirely complete, clean throughout and without inscriptions or stamps. This work is a fragment from Crevel's novel Babylone. The 19 photograms of Ernst's frottages were completed with the collaboration of Man Ray in his studio after days of trials, with Ernst's rubbings on transparent paper serving as the negative. Ernst had developed his frottage technique as a visual counterpart to the Surrealist ideal of "automatic writing," and the dark visions he produces here perfectly capture the darkness of Crevel's own vision, here translated by Kay Boyle. A fine and strikingly original production. Inscribed by the artist in black ink on the front blank "To Jimmy and Tania / Stern / amitié / Xmas 1941 / Max Ernst". One of 200 copies printed on 'finest Bristol Paper'; there was also an edition of 50 on Hollande paper signed by both the author and the artist; and 5 special copies, each containing 4 of the original artworks. Whilst the signed edition appears sporadically in commerce, presentation copies by Ernst are genuinely rare (rarebookhub traces not a single example in the last 50 years, although a col … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: LUCIUS BOOKS (ABA, ILAB, PBFA) [York, United Kingdom]

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