(Lyon), (Marius Audin for) L'Arbalète, 1944.
12mo, publisher’s printed wrappers. (54)pp. With a frontispiece plate reproducing a drawing by the author and large capital letters in ochre by Marius Audin. Complete.
First Edition. One of 230 numbered copies on pur fil Lana paper of a total edition of only 235 copies.
Book design and typography by the great Marius Audin (1872-1951), French autodidact printer, typographer, and historian of printing. Audin began as an assistant clerk at the Commercial Court in Lyon, but became the editor of a legal gazette, and from there established his own printing and publishing house. Beginning in the 1920s, he became acquainted with Stanley Morison and produced a number of booklets on the history of typography and an extensive literature on the history of printing in France.
Henri Michaux (1899-1984), French poet and painter best known for his artistic explorations of foreign lands and of the unconscious. An intensely private man, he was born in Belgium in 1899, studied mysticism as a young man, travelled throughout South America in the 1920s and throughout Asia in the 1930s, and thereafter lived in Paris. He published his first book, a volume of prose poems, in 1927, and in his life wrote more than 20 volumes of poetry and prose. As an artist, influenced by Ernst and Klee, he created an art of energized ideograms and meandering calligraphy, of figures evolving haphazardly out of weltering chaos, or of the chaos asserting itself to wipe out anything recognizable.
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