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MAN RAY; PERET, Benjamin; ARAGON, Louis.

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Bruxelles, Editions de la revue Varietes.1929

A very rare erotic work in a magnificent binding by Jean de Gonet.

A year after its creation in 1928, the Belgian magazine Variétés began to experience financial difficulties. The director Paul-Gustave Van Hecke, who had done much to promote the work of Belgian avant-garde artists, decided that the best way to save the magazine would be to publish an erotic book featuring his own poetry. Thus the present work, which contains four original erotic photographs by Man Ray, each captioned with a season and accompanied by the poetry of Benjamin Peret and Louis Aragon, was born. In one of the scenes, the woman depicted is clearly Man Ray's lover, Kiki de Montparnasse.

The 1929 edition is extremely rare, as many copies were seized and destroyed by French customs officers on their delivery to Paris. The present copy was displayed as part of the Tate Modern's exhibition Surrealism desire unbound in 2001,

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Unique copy, hors-commerce from original print run of 215 copies; 4to (30 x 20 cm); 4 half tone relief prints with tissue guards, all captioned, text on green paper, limitation page; soft wrappers in green iridescent calf, ovoid eye in silver calf with '1929' in dark grey curved figures in relief bordered with large false eyelash, binders mark dated 2003 to upper board, navy blue suede endpapers, housed in black box with navy blue suede lining, silver lettered on calf spine. The self wrappers are a little toned and typically somewhat frayed which prompted the need for binding after the Tate exhibition. Gonet's binding is remarkable.


P. Pia, Les Livres de l'enfer, II, col. 868. -- M. Parr et G. Badger, Le Livre de photographies : une Histoire. Phaidon, 2007. -- L'Enfer de la bibliothèque. Éros au secret. B.n.F., 2007, n° 243, p. 421.

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