1942. Breton. A complete run in three issues (no. 2/3 is a double-issue; 72, 144, and 86 pp., respectively) of the short-lived American Surrealist journal, under the editorial direction of David Hare and advised in turn by André Breton, Max Ernst, and Marcel Duchamp, containing a wealth of material in either English or French on a variety of topics including art, social issues, and literature, profusely illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings, documents, and other items, with 15 color plates including the cutout "Allegorie de Genre" by Duchamp, a "Correalist Tool" and another interactive assemblage by Frederick J. Kiesler, as well as a masked chicken-wire insert (which acts as the back cover for no. 2) produced collaboratively by Kiesler and Duchamp for their psychological "twin-touch-test". Some slight browning to endpapers, some minor edgewear. 4to. Cloth with brown leather gilt-stamped spine, original wrpps. bound in. New York (VVV) 1942-1944.
An important and striking publication, similar in look to the earlier Surrealist journal, Minotaure, published in Paris, VVV was the magazine of the French Surrealists in exile in New York. Contributions to VVV across the four issues include Le Jeu de Marseille (Surrealist playing cards), André Breton's Prolegomena to a Third Manifesto of Surrealism or Else and Situation du Surrealisme Entre Les Deux Guerres, and other prose and poetry pieces from Lionel Abel, Aimé Césaire, William Carlos Williams, Vlanetine Penrose, Benhamin Péret, Gypsy Rose Lee, Philip Lamantia and others,
and many illustrations from a number of important Surrealist artists including Roberto Matta, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, Jacqueline Lamba Breton, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning, André Masson, Giorgio de Chirico, and Kurt Seligmann. A beautifully preserved copy of a significant journal. Book ID: 29545