MR. KNIFE MISS FORK: Translated by Kay Boyle. Rene Crevel, Max Ernst.
MR. KNIFE MISS FORK: Translated by Kay Boyle
MR. KNIFE MISS FORK: Translated by Kay Boyle
MR. KNIFE MISS FORK: Translated by Kay Boyle

MR. KNIFE MISS FORK: Translated by Kay Boyle

Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. Limited to 50 numbered copies. This copy is number 52, apparently a mixed issue. The original photogram frontispiece is signed in pencil by Max Ernst. Surrealist story in which a butter knife falls madly in love with a dinner fork and together, they run away from the duties of the table. Illustrated with 19 photograms (with tissue guards) by Max Ernst, which were completed with the collaboration of Man Ray in his studio after days of trials, with Ernst’s rubbings on transparent paper serving as the negative. Ernst had developed his frottage technique as a visual counterpart to the Surrealist ideal of “automatic writing,” and the dark visions he produces here perfectly capture the darkness of Crevel’s own vision. Octavo. Original black cloth binding, with a gold floral design and gilt rule borders. Just a hint of foxing. Some very light fading and wear along the extremities of the boards; else an exquisite example. Housed in the exceedingly scarce publisher’s slipcase, which is trimmed in gold and includes a gold pull. Minkoff A-41. Very good. Item #69732

Price: $12,500.00

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