Paris: Sans Pareil, 1926. 9 x 11. 147 pages + 18 plates. Bound by Donald Glaister in 1986 in dark teal morocco with large onlay of blue morocco across both covers & spine, smaller green onlay across spine partially obscures the blind-tooled name "Croniamantal" (the hero's name in this surrealist novel.) Blind-tooled ribbons & intricate squiggles (Susanne Moore's paragrams) are gilded and painted; endpapers are turquoise silk. The title is tooled & gilt on the spine's base in the form of a calligramme; the word Assassiné falls forward and collapses. Fore and bottom edges are gilt on the rough; top edge is gilded & blind-tooled (partially painted in red). Binding signed with a gold dot. The original wraps are bound in. In grey paper board tray case (missing a half-inch piece of paper on one joint). The book is in fine condition. Item #16483
Don writes the binding is "a general landscape idea. The large squiggly thing on the front cover is a gestural interpretation of the Eiffel Tower. The tooling is gold leaf and painted." Calligrammes, a book of poetry by Apollinaire, was noted for its use of shaped typography to add meaning. He wrote" The Calligrammes are an idealization of free verse poetry and typographical precision...." There are no calligrammes in this text, which is one of 380 copies. "The Artist & the Book" #92.