Dermée (Paul)

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Dermée (Paul)
Ɵ Spirales. Poems. Sans nom d'éditeur (printed by Paul Birault), sans lieu [Paris], 1917. First edition. Paperback, brown kraft paper cover openworked into an oval on the first cover revealing an etching by Henri Laurens, under a second cover of crystal paper with title, author and date printed obliquely and superimposed on the oval revealing the etching, this oval itself surrounded by a line printed on the crystal paper, with a second etching by Henri Laurens in hors-texte: in all two etchings by Henri Laurens (Tête et Bouteille, Brusberg 1.1-1.2) monogrammed "H.L." and dated "17" in the plate in the first twenty-six copies (33 x 25.5 cm). Protective box. One of only three known copies of Dermée's first book, complete with the two etchings by Henri Laurens, whose first prints these are, and with the sophisticated mounting of its original cover, making it one of the first "livre-objets". Copy no. IV, one of the first six on japon (I-V), the only ones signed by the illustrator on the label (before 20 copies on hollande VI-XXV, unsigned but containing the etchings, these twenty-six first copies being reprinted "in-quarto raisin", the ordinary edition of two hundred copies on alfa vergé being of the much smaller in-8° Jesus format). The oval printed part of the original crystal paper (which is almost always missing on the identified first copies) has been preserved and mounted on more recent crystal paper. Enclosed is the announcement bulletin with order form (marbled paper protective slipcase). This is the copy reproduced in the catalog raisonné of Laurens' engravings. The announcement mentioned that copies on japon would be initialed by the author, but the copy here is signed in ink by Henri Laurens, whereas copies on hollande are signed by the author. Along with Max Jacob, Paul Dermée (1886-1951) is the poet best described as a "cubist". The innovative beauty of this first book makes it one of the best examples of avant-garde publishing during the war. The persistence of symbolist elements in the midst of modern formulas reinforces the beauty of the poems today. Henri Laurens' superb engraved contributions are his first prints, as he gradually moved towards sculpture. Provenance: Bernard Loliée. Exhibition: Henri Laurens (1885-1954), Skulpturen, Collagen, Zeichnungen, Aquarelle, Druckgraphik, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, March 3-April 28, 1985, then Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, August 11-September 22, 1985 (catalog: no. 1, pages 202-205).
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