Les malheurs des immortels.Paris, Éditions de la Revue Fontaine, 1945 Stock Code: 139596
NotesSecond edition, number 1,729, one of 500 on vélin rose, from a total edition of 1,860. The first edition was printed in an unspecified "small number of copies" (rear of volume).
This is Ernst and Éluard's second joint publication and first genuine collaboration: for Répétitions, published earlier the same year as Les Malheurs (1922), Éluard simply chose whichever of Ernst's collages best suited his poems; for Malheurs the pair worked in "near-perfect symbiosis" (Assa) to produce a work on themes such as "the relationship between painting and poetry, the role of the image as icon of psychic processes, and the ambivalent status of the scopic function - or the reversibility of blindness and revelation" (ibid.), anticipating Breton's vaunted Manifeste du surréalisme (1924) by two years.
Octavo. Original cream light card wrappers printed in green black, unopened. With the glassine dust jacket as issued.
Frontispiece and 20 plates after collages by Ernst.
Minor spotting to wrappers, else a fine copy.
With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.
Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220