Dada & Surrealist Highlights from the Bibliothèque R. & B.L.

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The highly anticipated fifth part of the R. and B. L. library is dedicated to two of the 20th century’s most revolutionary movements, Dada and Surrealism. These carefully selected, often limited editions, feature moving dedications that testify to the friendship and artistic dialogue of this period. Great poets like Aragon, Breton, Éluard, Char and Tzara rub shoulders with great artists like Picasso, Tanguy, Ernst, Léger, Miró, Bellmer and more. The heart of this extraordinary collection is comprised of manuscripts and correspondence from the most significant names of this era, including an outstanding unpublished and highly illustrated notebook by Dalí.

Bibliothèque R. & B.L. Dada-Surréalisme
26–27 April | Paris

Dada & Surrealist Highlights from the Bibliothèque R. & B.L.

  • André Breton, René Char and Paul Éluard, Ralentir Travaux, 1930. Estimate: €30,000–40,000.


    One of the first eight copies printed on Japon ancien and signed by all three authors, this first edition – Paul Éluard’s own copy – features a fine binding by Paul Bonet, together with a leaf containing the coloured signatures of Breton, Char and Éluard.



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  • Dada, 1917–1920. Estimate: €35,000–45,000.


    A rare complete set of this important avant-garde publication, directed by Tristan Tzara.



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  • Salvador Dalí, Exceptionnel carnet autographe, circa 1930–1935. Estimate: €40,000–50,000.


    Bound by Mercher, this autograph notebook contains ink drawings and sketches on 34 pages, out of a total of 42 pages, as well as his notes and thoughts, including daily expenses.



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  • Paul Éluard, La Barre d’Appui, 1936. Estimate: €150,000–200,000.


    Paul Éluard’s copy contains three etchings by Pablo Picasso and is enriched with autograph documents by both Éluard and Pablo Picasso. This first edition features a splendid binding by Paul Bonet.



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  • Georges Hugnet, Petite Anthologie du Surréalisme, 1934. Estimate: €120,000–150,000.
    One of 20 copies on vergé de Montval, Paul Éluard’s copy features an original etching by Pablo Picasso. This first edition also contains important autograph documents, including photographs, poems and autographs by Breton, Ernst, Char, Dalí, Éluard, Magritte, Delvaux, Miró, Soupault and more, and has a remarkable binding by Paul Bonet.



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  • Man Ray, Champs Délicieux, 1922. Estimate: €120,000–150,000.
    A very rare album, limited to 40 copies, the precious Champs Délicieux is illustrated with twelve original rayographs by Man Ray.



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  • Paul Éluard, Capitale de la douleur, 1926. Estimate: €25,000–35,000.
    One of the first copies reset on papier Vergé in an extraordinary Surrealist binding by Paul Bonet.



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  • Tristan Tzara, Max Ernst, Joan Miró and Yves Tanguy, L‘Antitête, 1949. Estimate: €40,000–50,000.
    This first edition of one of the most beautiful Surrealist books contains 23 original etchings and aquatints by Max Ernst, Joan Miró and Yves Tanguy. One of 23 copies on papier Hollande, this version is the only example on paper Hollande to feature an extra suite of the etchings enhanced by the artists – the suite can also be seen on the eight papier Japon copies. Moreover, the etchings of the Miró suite are different from those published; they are heightened in ink and aquarelle by the artist.



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