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Simulacre. Poèmes et lithographies. With lithographs by Andre MASSON.
Paris, 1925 - Paris, 1925, first edition, number 52 of 90 exemplars on vergé d’Arches paper, from the total edition of 112, signed in pen by André Masson and Michel Leiris on the justification page. The complete book with poems by Leiris and 7 original lithographs by Masson (including 1 on front cover). 18 pp, sewn in the original wrappers, 9.5 x 7.5 in (25 x 19 cm). Housed in a handsome solander box by Ann Repp. A superb copy in the original glassine of Masson's 2nd illustrated book, and the first to include his lithographs. Saphire / Cramer 2: "Simulacre" was Leiris' first book of poetry, published by Masson’s dealer Kahnweiler . "Simulacre" was long rumored to have been a jointly "automatic" work by both poet and painter, epitomizing a surrealist ideal, with both Masson and Leiris sharing mutual subconscious impulses. While undoubtedly there was some of that element present between two close friends, and while some poems and illustrations were achieved while the two were in the same room, Leiris stated that it was often more conventional - he wrote his poems, and Masson made his automatic lithographs separately. A proof of this lies in Masson’s habit of making preparatory drawings for his prints, at least two of which exist for "Simulacre". Other references: Saphire: "André Masson, The Complete Graphic Work" 5-11; Rubin/Lanchner III.77; Hugues 18; Pompidou Kahnweiler p. 184; Gershman p. 27; The Artist & the Book 191; Manet to Hockney 74; Chapon p. 285; Skira 236; Rauch 130; Wheeler p. 107; Winterthur 117; Reynolds p. 59; Hubert p. 34ff.; Andel 13. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd. (ABAA)]
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