Calligrams. Guillaume Apollinaire.
Calligrams
Calligrams

Calligrams

Santa Barbara, CA: Unicorn Press, 1918 [1970]. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Guillame Apollinaire's celebrated, groundbreaking "Calligrams" were first published shortly after his death in 1918, and have since come to be considered an important ancestor of Concrete poetry and a major Surrealist work. The "Calligrams" deal in "...the spiritual drama of Apollinaire's reactions to World War I," his "...total investigation of life," and his all-permeating conviction that he indeed stood "...on the threshold of a new century." (from Back Cover). This well-produced edition was published by The Unicorn Press in Santa Barbara, CA, which also issued works by such notable Beat-&-Beyond authors as Robert Bly; Jerome Rothenberg; Gary Snyder; Lew Welch and others. Quintessential surrealistic titles and images abound in this momentous posthumous work from Apollinaire, such as "THE STABBED DOVE AND THE FOUNTAIN," poems which speak of galloping phonographs, indulging in hashish, "divine pancakes," "miniscule foetuses appearing" in the beards of carnival organists & more. Book in fine condition with only slight yellowing to spine-edge on front, back cover & all fine-edges; minute shelf-wear to same; slight bump at bottom left-hand corner of front cover & at mirroring spot of back cover where the minute bump occurred. Fine. [Item #3673]

Price: $65.00