This book presents an intriguing union of the work of Guillaume Apollinaire, a French writer important to the literary development of the Surrealism movement, and that of Salvador Dali, perhaps the best-known visual artist from the same movement. Collected in this volume is a series of erotic “secret poems” that Apollinaire wrote in love letters he sent to the schoolteacher Madeleine Pagès from the battle trenches of World War I.

Dali illustrates the sensual poems with a suite of black-and-white drypoints featuring his own characteristically surreal figurative imagery. Ten illustrations are presented hors texte on single leaves and are blind embossed with Dali’s signature. An additional eight small drypoint illustrations are featured within the text.

This book is printed in 24 pt. Garamond on Arches with deckled edges. It is loose as issued in paper wrappers and protected by a chemise covered in olive cloth with a matching clamshell box. The box is decorated with an illustration by Dali stamped in gold on the front cover.

This is copy 140 out of a total edition of 235. It is signed, numbered, and dated by Dali. Dali’s signature is also blind embossed into the paper at the colophon.

 

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