Paris, Genève, Editions des Trois collines, 1948.
Folio [342 x 242 mm] of (2) bl.ll., 147 pp., (1) l., (3) bl.ll., with 32 plates in colour included in the pagination, reproducing a painting from each artist. Bound in black box decorated on the spine with the name and firstname of the author as well as the title of the work repeated nine times in capital letters alternatively in metallic green and blue, separated by a red dot; grey paper doublures and endleaves, top-edge gilt, illustrated wrapper. Slipcase. Binding by Pierre-Lucien Martin, 1965
First edition of Paul Eluard’s 44 poèms dedicated to Picasso, Marc Chagall, Juan Gris, Jacques Villon, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Yves Tanguy, André Masson, André Beaudin, Man Ray, René Magritte, Salvador Dali, Balthus, Léonor Fini, Oscar Dominguez, Félix Labisse, Fautrier, Dubuffet, Chastel, etc., illustrated with 64 reproductions including 32 in colours, of works of 32 painters.
On the occasion of the publication of this book, an exhibition of the works reproduced in it was organized at the Galerie du Pont Royal.
One of the 44 numbered copies (n°XX) on vellum « pur chiffon » paper, only large-paper issue, each comprising a signed autograph manuscript of one of the poems and a proof of the original copper-engraving by Raoul Ubac which has been reproduced on the cover.
The autograph poem of the present copy is dedicated to Juan Gris (1 page and a half folio), poem that figures page 24 of the book.