New York: Wittenborn, Schultz, Inc., 1948. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Collection of theoretical and practical writings by German Dadaist and Surrealist Ernst, with appraisals of Ernst by contemporaries such as Arp, Breton, Eluard, Tzara, Julien Levy, and others. "Let a ready-made reality with a with a naïve purpose apparently settled once for all (i.e. an umbrella) be suddenly juxtaposed to another very distant and no less ridiculous reality (i.e. a sewing machine) ina place where both must be felt as out of place (i.e. upon a dissecting table), and precisely thereby it will be robbed of its naïve purpose and identity; through a relativity it will pass from its false to a novel absoluteness, at once true and poetic: umbrella and sewing-machine will make love (from Ernst's "Inspiration to Order"). Illustrated with 173 black-and-white plates of works by Ernst; with a preface by Motherwell, a biographical chronology and bibliography. Wraps designed by Paul Rand. Issued as vol. #7 in the publisher's Documents of Modern Art series. Fine. Item #1445