LIMITED EDITION OF APOLLINAIRE’S COMPLETE WORKS, WITH COLLECTION OF 35 ARTIFACTUAL FACSIMILES OF PHOTOGRAPHS, MANUSCRIPTS AND MEMORABILIA ILLUSTRATING APOLLINAIRE’S LIFE
APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume. Oeuvres Completes. Paris: André Balland and Jacques Lecat, (1965-66). Seven volumes. Tall octavo, loose unopened gatherings throughout in seven portfolios. Accompanied by 35 facsimiles of memorabilia, as issued. Housed in four original chemises and dual-compartment slipcases.
Limited edition of Apollinaire’s Complete Works, number 46 of only 480 sets with an original color etching by Sonia Delaunay (under the glassine on the Volume I portfolio) and with 109 in-text illustrations. Accompanied by a collection of 35 individual facsimiles of Apollinaire memorabilia. Housed in four original specially-made slipcases.
“Apollinaire was an important part of several avant-garde movements in French literature and art at the start of the 20th century. His influences include the Symbolist poets of the former generation: Hugo, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud… His book Peintres cubistes (1913) expounded on the theory behind cubism and analyzed the work of important cubists. His play La mamelles de Tirésias, which was made into an opera by Franics Poulenc in 1947, is one of the earliest examples of Surrealism. His work was often concerned with the clash between the modern and the traditional, and it often juxtaposes drastically different stylistic elements, like gritty modern imagery in traditional forms and wildly varying tones and registers, to great effect” (Academy of American Poets). This set of his Oeuvres Completes includes his famous Alcools, Calligrammes, and Les peintres cubistes. The texts are augmented by 35 faithful artifactual facsimiles of manuscripts, letters, photographs, postcards, and other memorabilia, complete as itemized on accompanying lists. Preface by Max-Pol Fouchet; Introduction and notes by Michel Décaudin. Texts in French.
A beautiful production in fine condition.