Manifeste du surréalisme. Poisson soluble.

BRETON André (1924)


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8vo (190 x 120mm). 190, [4] pp. Half-title with limitation on verso, penultimate leaf with Table on recto and achevé d’imprimer on verso, last leaf blank, vignette on title-page. Original printed orange paper wrappers, with glassine jacket (partial offsetting to endpapers, some minor edge wear to wrappers, otherwise an excellent copy).    

Paris [Bruges, Impr. Sainte-Catherine]: Éditions du Sagittaire chez S. Kra, 1924.

First edition, “sur papier d’édition” (trade issue, after 10 numbered and 9 “hors commerce” copies on pur fil Lafuma paper). A presentation copy, inscribed by Breton (’très sympatique hommage’) to Raoul Simonson (1896-1965) Belgian collector, bookseller and man of letters (his literary collection was sold at Sotheby’s in 2013; the excellent condition of his collection provoked his French colleagues to coin ‘état Simonson’ to denote almost pristine state).

Understood to be the definitive statement of surrealism, technically this was, chronologically, the second manifesto of the movement to be written, the first authored by Yvan Goll and published – in the sole issue of his periodical Surréalisme - a matter of weeks before Breton’s text in October 1924. Using the term first coined by Apollinaire in 1917, Breton defined surrealism as ‘pure psychic automism’, ‘the dictation of thought, free from any control by reason and of any aesthetic or moral concern’.

Talvart & Place II, 221.

Stock Code: 228493

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