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La Nappe du Catalan, soixante-quatre poemes et seize lithographies en couleurs de Jean Cocteau et Georges Hugnet [The Tablecloth of the Catalan, 64 poems and 16 lithographs in color. By Jean Cocteau and Georges Hugnet].
1952: Aux depends des auteurs, Paris. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, NUMBER 11 OF ONLY 20 DELUXE COPIES WITH EXTRA SUITE OF PLATES. In line with the Surrealist tradition "cadavres exquis" (exquisite corpses)--a practice centered around the idea of complete collaboration--Cocteau and Hugnet worked together on both the illustrations and poems.  The two originally wrote the text (in French) on the tablecloths of the restaurant Le Catalan. The origin story of the poems served as inspiration for the title of the book. The creation of the lithographs was also collaborative; the drawings were outlined by Cocteau while Hugnet added color to the backgrounds. La Nappe du Catalan is the only collaboration between the two iconic artists.  A short preface to the book reads (translated from the French):These poems, written simultaneously, have been arranged on the tablecloths of a restaurant over the course of some lunches. Each of the poets left gaps in his verses which the other one filled. For the illustrations, one artist added colour while the other drew the outlines.Number 11 of 20 deluxe copies on vélin de Montval and with an extra suite of 32 plates. (Out of a total edition of 113 copies.)There are 16 color plates included in the main text; the extra suite (actually two suites together) contains 32 additional plates - 16 in color and 16 in black-and-white - showing the work of each artist separately (black-and-white for Cocteau; color for Hugnet) before the work was merged. 48 plates in total.Signed by both Cocteau and Hugnet in the colophon.Provenance: From the collection of the legendary surrealist art collector (and model to the artist Balthus) Helene Anavi, with her small embossed stamp on the front free endpaper.Paris: Aux Depends des Auteurs, 1952. Quarto (11 x 9 in; 277 x 225 mm). Two volumes in original wrappers. Small tear and very mild toning to the spine of the main book; plates in fine condition. RARE. Very Good.
      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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