MISFORTUNES OF THE IMMORTALS, by Paul Éluard and Max Ernst - 1943 [DJ, Black Sun Press]


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Misfortunes of the Immortals

by Max Ernst and Paul Éluard

translated by Hugh Chisholm 

Limited edition, in French and English.  New York:  The Black Sun Press, 1943  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition, with a GOOD DJ.

  • Pale green paper covers over thin boards are mostly clean, with black ink title and illustration.
  • Boards show some toning at edges, edgewear.  Corners are a little scuffed.  
  • Spine has black text and is bright with bumped and worn ends.  See photos.  
  • Binding is secure.  
  • Pastedowns and feps have some toning, scattered foxing.  
  • Frontispiece is present.
  • Illustrations are bright and clear. 
  • Interior is tanned, with margins darker, last three sheets are pale pink paper.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • DJ of pale pink paper has radial rippling on front and back covers, some edgewear, chipped corners, closed tears and bumping at head and foot, darkened spine.  See photos. 
  • PS2024.0229

50 pages. 7.5 x 10 inches

A copy of Misfortunes of the Immortals, from The Black Sun Press edition of 1943.  Profusely illustrated with reproductions of Max Ernst's surrealist collages, accompanied by Paul Éluard's appropriately surrealist poems.  This edition includes three new drawings on pink paper that were not included in the French language edition of 1920.  Here the French text is accompanied by English translations by Hugh Chisholm. 

Having been protected by the scarce original pink dust jacket, the decorated binding is mostly clean and bright. 

One of 500 copies printed on standard paper, from an edition limited to 610 copies.  Edition designed and published by Caresse Crosby.  Printed at the Gemor Press in New York City, March 1943.

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