View: Parade of the Avant-Garde, 1940-1947. Charles Henri Ford.
View: Parade of the Avant-Garde, 1940-1947
View: Parade of the Avant-Garde, 1940-1947
View: Parade of the Avant-Garde, 1940-1947

View: Parade of the Avant-Garde, 1940-1947

ISBN: 1560250135
New York, NY: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1991. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed to Charles Plymell by Charles Henri Ford, & with additional related ephemera. "In the 1940s, as the world stood divided by war, View magazine, together with the talents of the European and American artistic communities, helped define the avant-garde movement in this country and established New York as a world art center."(from front flap) The first anthology of the influential magazine, compiled in honor of its fiftieth anniversary by its founder & editor, Charles Henri Ford, & with a foreword by Paul Bowles. Ford (1908-2002) was a poet, writer, filmmaker & artist. His long life & work spanned, contributed to & influenced all the creative phenomena from surrealism to the Beats & beyond. Many of the most important artists & writers from the period, especially the surrealists, are featured in these articles as subjects or authors, along with many images of them & their works: Jorge Luis Borges, Andre Breton, Alexander Calder, Albert Camus, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali (portrayed negatively as an "Anti-Surrealist"), Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Jean Genet, Paul Klee, Rene Magritte, Henry Miller, Pablo Picasso & more. This is a most special copy- it is from the collection of well-known author Charles Plymell & his wife, Pamela Beach Plymell, friends of Ford & publishers (on their Cherry Valley Editions) of his poetry volume Om Krishna. It is signed with citation to Charles Plymell by Ford & dated "13 Aug(ust) 2002," very near the end of his life (he died on September 27, 2002) in a slightly shaky but still very legible hand, & is hand-encircled. Additionally, there are the following loose items: An original color photograph developed by Kodak in March, 1982 as stamped on verso, showing Ford signing a copy of Om Krishna (published by the Plymells as noted above) at a book-signing gathering. There is handwriting on the photo about the signing, & indicating that a person only partly visible from the back is author Glenway Wescott, who was a contemporary & acquaintance of Ford; a rolodex card with Ford's full name, address in NYC (at the Dakota Apartments) & telephone number, with a reference to "Operation Minotaur"; a computer-printed, hand-signed letter to the Plymells from filmmaker Laki Vlahakis dated June 17, 2002, & with one of Ford's address stickers taped at lower right corner (mentioning among other things this book, which must have been a gift from Vlahakis to the Plymells & subsequently signed to them by Ford per the respective dates of this letter & Ford's signature in the book); and a computer print-out of Ford's obituary in the New York Times (both the article & printout are dated September 30, 2002, only three days after Ford's death). A very important art & literary Ford collectible, with especially significant provenance & supplementary items. Book in fine condition, with very light spotting & soiling to bottom & side edges, more to top edge, mild rubbing to edges of blue paper boards, interior very fine with only very light browning to edges & a small white-out spot at top right corner of first endpage (this is also the signature page). Dust jacket also in fine condition, with mild rubbing & soiling to front, back covers & spine, very minor creasing & chipping to edges, esp. at top & bottom of spine, front flap is price-clipped without effecting text. Photograph in very fine condition; rolodex card near-fine with some mild creases & browning at edges, small green ink mark on verso; Vlahakis letter in good condition with horizontal crease through middle where folded, creased & curled at edges, mild spotting/stains at upper-middle left edge & upper right corner; obituary consists of five loose sheets in very fine condition with very slight folding-crease at lower left edge of first sheet, very mild creases at edges, curve-waving to right edge through all sheets. Fine / Fine. [Item #1791]

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