LA BALLADE DU SOLDAT.

[Vence]: Pierre Chave / Kenneth Nahan, [1989]. Small folio (38.5 x 28 cm). Loose gatherings laid into pictorial wrappers, enclosed in folding cloth chemise and slipcase. Very fine. Item #WRCLIT57647

First English language edition. Illustrated with thirty-four original lithographs and two vignettes by Max Ernst. One of 199 numbered copies (of 217) on Arches, with the text in English, signed by the author and the artist. The lithographs for all the editions were printed at Atelier Chave in 1972, contemporary with the preparation and publication of the edition of the French text (a total of 315 copies). A German language edition (also consisting of 199 copies plus 18 h.c.) was published. The English translation, prepared in 1972 by Nicolette Bernard, Peter Leslie and George Kimball, was not actually printed until 1989 (also at Atelier Chave). An irreverent and pointed attack on authoritarianism and militarism, the text written decades earlier, presented as a late collaboration of two old friends. MONOD 9695.

Price: $3,000.00