Paris: Éditions du Carrefour, 1929. First edition. 17 leaves,  leaves of monochrome plates, printed recto only, after Ernst’s collages, each with printed caption. One of 900 copies on vélin teinté, of a total edition of 1003 copies. Original green paper wrappers. Spine faded as often seen, small chip at head of spine and front cover. Chemised in a custom slipcase.
La Femme 100 Têtes was Ernst’s first collage novel, a loosely narrative sequence of eerie and mysterious Surrealist collages, which he created by cutting up and reassembling nineteenth-century illustrations. The title is a double-entendre; when read aloud it can be understood as either “the hundred-headed woman” (“cent tête”) or “the headless woman” (“sans tête”), a Surrealist pun reflective of the group’s penchant for multiple, shifting identities. This was the first of his collaged novels, preceding Rêve d’une Petite Fille Qui Voulut Entrer au Carmel (1930) and Une Semaine de Bonté (1934). Breton said of them, “the pages which he has enchanted rather than merely ‘decorated’ are so many eyelids that have started to flutter.”
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