Publisher: Paris: Editions Jeanne Bucher, 1936
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 111272
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 270 stamp-numbered copies (this being #232). (Copies #1-20 were issued with an alternate cover and signed by Hugnet and Duchamp; an additional 24 lettered copies were printed on blue paper.) Soft cover. Photographically illustrated and embossed stiff vellum wrappers with hand-sewn red thread binding; no dust jacket as issued. Cover design by Marcel Duchamp, based on a photograph by Man Ray. Poems and photo-collages by Georges Hugnet. Unpaginated (90 pp.), with 20 plates printed using spot color and letterpress text and ornamental illustrations printed in dark green. 11-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches.
[Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. (New York: PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001), and in Michel and Michèle Auer, Collection M. + M. Auer - une histoire de la photographie. (Hermance, Switzerland: Éditions M+M, 2003.)]
Near Fine (moderate surface wear and wear to the extremities, 1/4-inch closed tear and crease to the upper edge of the front cover, slight creasing along the binding, stray ink marks and toning to the rear cover, Japanese publisher's sticker (Meiji Shobo / Tokyo-Osaka) on inside front cover; interior pages have a few stray marks and light creases, but are intact with no tears).
From David Levi Strauss, writing in The Book of 101 Books: "This is Georges Hugnet's first volume of "poémes-découpages." The title echoes André Mallarmé's Un Coup de Dés N'Abolira Jamais le hasard (1895), and Hugnet's poems, printed on the left-hand pages of the book, mirror the usual spacing and various typefaces and sizes of Un Coup de Dés.
Hugnet had joined the Surrealists by 1932, and the collages on the right-hand pages, centered around nude images cut out of Paris Magazine, rehearse typical Surrealist themes...The cover by Marcel Duchamp spells out the title in letters containing the names of a whole Surrealist pantheon, including Sade, Freud, Rimbaud, Paracelsus, Swift, Heraclitus, Roussel, Chaplin, Jarry, Uccello, and Saint-Just, and also a Man Ray photograph of Duchamp's assisted readymade "Why Not Sneeze, Rrose Sélavy?" consisting of 152 marble cubes the size of sugar cubes, a thermometer, and a cuttlebone inside a small cage. Duchamp's object was included this same year in the exhibition Fantastic Art, Dada, and Surrealism, organized by Alfred Barr at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Hugnet wrote the preface for the catalogue."