Salvo for Russia.
CUNARD Nancy; BANTING John; PIPER John; BUCKLAND WRIGHT John; COLQUHOUN Ithel; RIESER Dolf; SALISBURY C.; SZOBEL Geza; TREVELYN Julian; WYKEHAM Mary; BANTING John ()
One of 100 published copies. 4 Text pages bifolium, 10 loose plates each signed and numbered by the relevant artists, image size and format varies slightly but generally 7 x 10cm, sheet size 16 x 22cm. Publisher's original cloth-backed portfolio, grey paper boards with printed title label on the upper cover, silk ties. Very good, light scattered foxing to top and inner edge of sheets, which does not affect the images except in the case of the Piper and Colquhoun, where the effect is minor but worthy of mention [London, privately published].
Including four poems by Cecily Mackworth, James Law Forsyth, J. F. Hendry and Nancy Cunard, along with ten etched and engraved plates by some of the leading British surrealists of the mid-20th century, including John Banting, Ithell Colquhoun, Roland Penrose, John Piper and John Buckland Wright, along with others by Mary Wykeham, C. Salisbury, Julian Trvelyan, Geza Szobel and Dolf Reiser. Described as 'a limited edition of new poems, etchings and engravings produced in aid of the Comforts Fund for Women and Children of Soviet Russia,' it is one of the most important British surrealist publications and complete copies are very scarce. The Salvo was a collaboration between artist the American heiress, writer and activist Nancy Cunard and artist John Banting, who shared her opinions on racial prejudice and opposition to fascism. Banting contributed to Cunard's important anthology Negro in 1935 and travelled with her to Spain in 1937 during the civil war, where he attempted to join the International Brigade. Their collaboration on Salvo was strongly influenced by two other important surrealist portfolios, Paul Eluard's Solidarité, published in Paris in 1938, which included prints by Picasso and Miro, and Stephen Spenders Fraternity, published in London in 1939 and included work by Kandinsky.
Stock Code: 228762