Elysium Press (1996).
1st Edition. Soft cover. As New / As New. Item #ABE-8274894801
The first English translation of this remarkable story by the great French Surrealist, which involves the complicated relationship of two lovers. Illustrated by noted artist Jonathan Hammer with two hand colored soft ground etchings laid into the text. Hammer’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum and numerous other public and private collections. The book is unbound and contains both an English translation by National Book Award winner Keith Waldrop and the original French version of the text. Waldrop is the author of numerous books and essays and a renowned translator of Baudelaire and other French works. Also included is a photogravure portrait (printed later) of Rene Crevel taken by George Platt Lynes around the time of the original publication of the work in 1926. One of thirty copies printed letterpress on heavyweight Somerset paper, the book measures 9" x 13" and is printed in two colors. Laid into a clamshell boxed covered in flesh-toned silk, fine as issued. A copy of the original letterpress printed prospectus for the book and a 1997 invitation to the Matthew Marks gallery exhibition of Hammer’s work is also laid into the box. The colophon is signed and numbered by the artist.