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The Road Is Wider Than Long (Series of Surrealist Poetry, No. 1) Roland Penrose

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[FIRST EDITION] London: London Gallery Editions, 1939. Hardcover in thin boards issued without dust jacket. Unpaginated (52 pages), illustrated with numerous b/w photographic plates and typographically designed printing in red and black. Covers designed by Hans Bellmer with faux wood-grained boards and blue lettering on front and spine. Number 477 of 500 unsigned, hand-numbered copies on Art paper (outside the edition of 10 copies on Millbourn Hand-made paper that included an original drawing, and was illuminated and signed by author). An early artists book by the painter and writer Roland Penrose, documenting a trip he took with Lee Miller through the Balkans. Miller was a studio assistant and muse to Man Ray (and others), as well as a brilliant photographer in her own right. Upon their return, Penrose created a handmade book for Miller containing his photographs embellished with poetic commentary. This title is a direct result of that effort and occupies an important place in the history of surrealist literature. Covers a touch soiled with minor wear to spine ends, text a little dingy due to age-toning and some light foxing, but overall a very good example of this now rare title. No marks, NOT-EX LIBRARY. (fc) [FIRST EDITION0 London: London Gallery Editions, 1939. Hardcover in thin boards issued without dust jacket. Illustrated with numerous photographic plates. Boards are covered with wood-grained paper, with titles printed in blue on front cover (design by Hans Bellmer). "During July and August 1938, as Europe prepared for war, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller took a journey through the Balkans. Penrose was a painter and a writer; Miller was a studio assistant to Man Ray, a muse to several artists, and a brilliant photographer. As they traveled, Penrose snapped pictures and took notes on a world that both artists were just discovering and that would soon be transformed forever. Shortly after their return, Penrose created a handmade book for Miller, containing the photographs he made and a poetic commentary on what he and Miller experienced during their travels. It was later published as a limited edition book, which Penrose then personalized with a series of fanciful drawings. Altogether, this affecting little book occupies an important place in the history of surrealist literature and, indeed, the history of Europe". One of 500 numbered copies on Art paper (outside the edition of 10 copies on Millbourn Hand-made paper with an original drawing, illuminated and signed by author). Bookseller Inventory # 8H-ILDR-AZOZ

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Title: The Road Is Wider Than Long (Series of ...

Binding: Hardcover Jan 01, 1939

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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