Paris: Au Sans Pareil, 1927. Early Printing. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter ebony morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, spine gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, original printed wraps bound in.
Complete works of 19th-century French poète maudit Lautréamont, edited and with commentary by seminal Surrealist writer Philippe Soupault. Born Isidore Lucien Ducasse, Lautréamont had a major influence on modern literature, specifically on the Surrealists and the Situationists. He only published two works (Les Chants de Maldoror and Poésies) and received little acclaim during his lifetime. In 1917, Soupault discovered a copy of Maldoror in a small Parisian bookshop. The book became a Surrealist holy text and soon Lautréamont was considered a "prophet" of the movement alongside Baudelaire and Rimbaud. This edition, the ninth, issued a scant two months after the landmark first, comprises Maldador, the first appearance of Poésie I and II, a selection of Lautréamont's correspondence, and Soupault’s analysis and commentary on the works throughout. Published by René Hilsum’s Au Sans Pareil. A close friend and classmate of André Breton, Hilsum published numerous Surrealist authors. Text in French. Binder's stamp to verso of front endpaper. Some rubbing to extremities. A nicely bound example of a classic of modern French literature. Item #5305