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CREVEL, René (1900-1935) and Max ERNST (1891-1976, artist). Mr. Knife Miss Fork. Translated by Kay Boyle. Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1931.
8° (177 x 116mm). Title and text printed in red and black. Frontispiece and 18 plates by Atelier Man Ray after photograms by Ernst, tissue guards titled in red. (Occasional light marginal spotting, blank verso of one plate marked, plates slightly bowed.) Original black cloth gilt after a design by Ernst, spine decorated in gilt, upper board blocked in gilt, lower board blocked in blind, black endpapers, original slipcase (gilt on spine lightly rubbed, gilt on upper board slightly discoloured, book block splitting, slipcase worn).
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 255 COPIES, THIS ONE OF 200 ON BRISTOL PAPER, IN A VARIANT BINDING. The copies on Bristol paper were normally issued in a blue cloth binding with blue endpapers; this copy is in a black cloth binding with black endpapers, which was used for the 50 signed copies on Holland Van Gelder Zonen. A copy in a similar variant binding is recorded by Minkoff, who describes it as 'in a remaindered Holland Van Gelder Zonen binding'. Minkoff A41; Published in Paris p.409; Rainwater Max Ernst. Beyond Surrealism 30; Spies and Leppien Max Ernst. Das graphische Werk 13A.
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