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Kandinsky Masson & more
Rare 2nd issue of VERVE Spring 1938 Orig. Lithographs by Kandinsky Masson & more
Paris: Verve, 1938. Issue is complete. Front cover has multiple water stains, and other small tears, dents, missing corners (see photos). Back cover is better but has a few marks, a hole and crease at the top, and is missing paper on bottom left corner. The spine is in poor condition with much of the paper gone. The book is still sewn together, and though starting to loosen at the top, it holds up well to turning pages, and none of the pages are falling out. Inside cover shows a couple of the water marks from the front. Flyleaf has a small tear. The interior pages are very good, clean with no tears or creasing, and excellent reproduction, vibrant colors, no fading. There are a few small light stains on a few pages at the top of the page down the spine area approx. 1/4" wide by 2.5" (see ancient manuscript illus. w "Cassiopé" for an example). There are also some creases and a tear on the protective vellum. Overall, inside is very nice. This is a rare issue of the Parisian art journal, Verve, its second issue, from Spring 1938. It is oversized at 10.5"x14", has 128 pages, and cover art by Georges Braque. It is highly illustrated with original color lithographs by Wassily Kandinsky and Andre Masson (plates reportedly signed by the artists) plus gilt and color heliogravures, drawings, and photographs. There is also a first published text by Ernest Hemingway, as well as texts by James Joyce, Andre Gide, Andre Malraux and Georges Bataille. There are photographs, reproduced in heliogravure, by Henri Cartier-Bresson (very early work and he is identified as "Cartier"), Bill Brandt, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: tefka [Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States]
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