LITERARY ANTHOLOGIES AND COLLECTIONS

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Small Press

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Clth, 9 x 11.75 in. / 64 pgs / 1 color / 25 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2018 p. 92   

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ISBN 9781942884248 TRADE
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Francis Picabia: Litterature

Edited by Stephanie LaCava. Translated by Lauren Elkin.

Francis Picabia: Litterature

Limited to 500 copies, Litterature pairs excerpts from Francis Picabia’s (1879–1953) novel Caravanserail with nine drawings and seventeen studies he created for the cover of André Breton’s Litterature journal between 1922 and 1924. This beautifully produced linen-bound book—whose front cover features circular die-cuts derived from one of Picabia’s dice drawings—offers a celebration of subversive play and fluid forms.


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In this charming book of never-before-seen drawings and illustrations created originally for surrealist André Breton’s Littérature magazine, readers get lost down a rabbit hole of intimate design that captured the life and spirit of Paris in its creative heyday.

Francis Picabia: Litterature

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Subversive, even scandalous: Francis Picabia: Littérature

Subversive, even scandalous: Francis Picabia: Littérature

Originally produced as potential covers for André Breton's 1920s Surrealist literary journal, Littérature, the twenty-six subversive—at the time, even scandalous—Francis Picabia drawings that are collected in this remarkable new limited edition from Small Press Books had been sealed in an envelope (dated August 8, 1923) and forgotten for decades until Breton's daughter, Aube Breton-Elléouët, unearthed and exhibited them in 2008. Of the original group, only nine of these playfully insurgent works were actually published by Breton. According to a 1922 letter from fellow Dadaist Marcel Duchamp to Breton, American retailers considered Picabia's cover graphics far too salacious to be displayed on their newsstands. Thus Duchamp was forced to become the journal's only American micro-distributor, circulating it among likeminded friends until its demise in 1924.
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