Paris: Editions Jeanne Bucher, 1928. First edition, one of 280 copies on Arches, of a total edition of 300. 19 leaves, printed on recto only (save one leaf printed on both sides). Leaves unbound in printed paper chemise, housed in original linen portfolio with cloth ties, printed on the front board in black and green after Miró's design, as issued. Text printed in manuscript facsimile, pochoir by Saudé. Portfolio rebacked with black cloth, which shows a bit of wear at the edges, one cloth tie cut short, but overall remarkably fine, the leaves are fresh and bright. Cramer calls for all copies to be signed by the artist, this copy is unsigned.
Lise Hirtz, later Deharme, was one of the great muses of Surrealism and an undersung contributor. She was the famous "dame au gant" of Breton's Nadja: "I also remember the playful suggestion… proposing that she give the 'Centrale Surréaliste' one of the amazing sky-blue gloves she was wearing… Yet this did not assume its greatest, its true proportions…until the moment when this woman proposed to come back and lay on the table, on the very spot where I had so fervently hoped she would not leave the blue glove, a bronze glove that she possessed and which since then I have seen at her home." In 1936 she published Le Coeur de Pic, poems for children accompanied by photographs by Claude Cahun. She hosted an ongoing salon frequented by the Surrealists, and edited and published Le Phare de Neuilly, a subversive journal focused on politics, poetry, and art, which appeared in four issues in 1933.
This is the first book with illustrations by Miró. The symbolic and poetic nature of his work, with its bright, pure colors and abstracted dream logic, is on full display in a masterpiece of the twentieth century artists' book.
Cramer. Joan Miró, Catalogue Raisonné des Livres Illustrés, no. 1. Johnson. Artists' Books in the Modern Era, p. 98. Andel. Avant-Garde Page Design 1900-1950, p. 330. Item #1886