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Thorns of Thunder, Selected Poems.
Europa Press & Stanley Nott, London 1936 - One of only 50 copies signed by Eluard, this no.39. Reproduction of drawing of Eluard by Picasso, to whom one of the poems is dedicated. Pp. xii, 67. 8vo., original blue cloth with white lettering on the spine, in the original lilac unclipped dust jacket with Max Ernst illustration on the upper cover. Jacket with a couple of small tears and very mild browning to part of the free endpapers, otherwise very good. Paul Eluard's first translation into English, translated from the French by Samuel Beckett, Denis Devlin, David Gascoyne, Eugene Jolas, Man Ray, George Reavey and Ruthven Todd. A literary tour de force and the first appearance of Eluard in English published to coincide with the International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936. The fifth book of the Europa Poets series published by George Reavey, an Irish surrealist poet and publisher who was Samuel Beckett's first literary agent. His mother was Russian and through translation and positive criticism, he helped to bring Russian poetry to the English-speaking world. He is also noted for publishing the first English translations of the important French surrealist poet Paul Eluard. He went to Paris in 1929 with the intention of gaining entray to the avant garde artistic circles there becoming friends with several Irish writers there - Beckett, James Joyce, Brian Coffey and Denis Devlin. Reavey soon began his literary agency in Paris and his Europa Press imprint, this being its fifth publication. From the beginning Reavey was closely allied with the studio Atelier 17, founded by Hayter in which Max Ernst, who provided the wrapper illustration for Thorns of Thunder, and John Buckland Wright worked. This copy was given by Reavey to his great friend, the artist John Buckland Wright of Atelier 17. Buckland Wright provided the engraving for another of George Reavey's Europa books, Quixotic Perquisitions, which was published in 1939. Provenance: From the estate of John Buckland Wright [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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