The Sacred War (Coronamundi Vol. 2 No. 1 October 1996). Rene Daumal.
The Sacred War (Coronamundi Vol. 2 No. 1 October 1996)

The Sacred War (Coronamundi Vol. 2 No. 1 October 1996)

Bangor, ME: Coronamundi, 1982. First Printing. Loose Folded Sheets. This number of the slim literary journal edited by Bob Moore & Mark Rutter (& with unwittingly macabre title as those of you who are old enough to remember the AIDS Diet Plan will recall...) is entirely dedicated to a prose-poetic piece by Rene Daumal (1908-1944), the legendary French spiritual-surrealist writer whom we would consider proto-Beat in his style & sensibilities. This work was originally written in the spring of 1940, & its concurrence with Nazi Germany's invasion of France is certainly not coincidental, though reference to the earth-shaking events engulfing Daumal & his country are veiled & indirect. Translated from French into English & with footnotes by Louise Landes-Levi. Interestingly & significantly, the editors thank Beat-&-Beyonders Ira Cohen & Charles Henri Ford among those who provided "...support and inspiration" for this production, on copyright page. With artful reproductions of photographs of Daumal from 1937 & 1928 on front & rear covers respectively. Two sheets loosely folded length-wise to create eight pages including covers. A very rare version of this Daumal work for English-reading collectors. In very fine condition with only very light rubbing & a few short, faint creases to covers; lightest wear & a few tiny bumps, small creases at all edges & corners. Very Fine. [Item #3543]

Price: $25.00