The Road is Wider Than Long.
An Image Diary from the Balkans July-August 1938.London: Gallery Editions, 1939 Stock Code: 123648
First and limited edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to French actor and writer Jacques B. Brunius (1906-1967) on the half-title, "à Brunius mon ami, Roland Penrose", number 137 of 510 copies. Penrose visited the Balkans with Lee Miller in 1938 and recorded the tour in this photographic diary, the first work in the Series of Surrealist Poetry, edited by E. L. T. Mesens.
Laid in are six items: (a) two pencil sketches by Brunius; (b) a pencil-written autograph note from Roland Penrose to "his dear friend" inviting him to dinner (no date or place indicated); (c) a postcard with a dancing nun atop a donkey, written from French poet Jacques Prévert (1900-1977) to Brunius; (d) a leaf with hand-written notes on the structure of The Road is Wider Than Long; (e) a note written in blue ink by Prévert.
Small quarto. Original wood grain boards, titles to spine and front cover in blue.
Photographic frontispiece and photographs in the text throughout, all by the author.
Bookplate of John Lyle, surrealist book collector, to front pastedown. Joints a little worn, otherwise an excellent copy.
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