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Vingt-Cinq Poemes. Hans Arp Dix Gravures sur Bois

 
Vingt-Cinq Poemes. Hans Arp Dix Gravures sur Bois by TZARA, Tristan; Hans Arp (1918)

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Author: TZARA, Tristan; Hans Arp
Title: Vingt-Cinq Poemes. Hans Arp Dix Gravures sur Bois
 
Year: 1918
Publisher: Collection Dada; J Heuberger
Place: Zurich; Switzerland
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Signed: No
 
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[26 unnumbered leaves] Dada artists' book bringing together the talents of the poet Tristan Tzara and the artist Hans Arp who illustrated his friend's verse with 12 woodcuts to 8 different designs. Bound in card wrappers, a little faded and rubbed to edges with the title of the work's authors printed on a piece of gold foil laid down on the upper cover, now oxidised but quite intact. The text and woodcuts are collated and complete with Tzara's poems printed without punctuation or capital letters and interspersed with Arp's starkly abstract woodcuts. The paper is lightly browned but otherwise in very good condition. The text-block is stapled together as issued but loose within the card wrappers. The final leaf has the justification and colophon stating that these poems were written between 1914 and 1918 and succeeds a signed edition of just ten copies. This edition proclaims itself as a publication 'pour la collection Dada Zurich'. A significant work from the heroic birth pangs of Dada whose foundation Tzara helped mastermind alongside Arp and other friends at the height of the First World War in Zurich in 1916.
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