# 27448

TZARA, Tristan (1896-1963); DELAUNAY, Sonia (1885-1979)

Le coeur à gaz : costumes de Sonia Delaunay

$7,500.00 AUD

[Paris] : Jacques Damase, [1977]. Narrow folio portfolio, 460 x 210 mm, original card covers with striking design in black, red and cream (lightly rubbed), containing the text of the play Le coeur à gaz by Dadaist writer Tristan Tzara (first performed in 1921) accompanied by 12 lithographs by Sonia Delaunay, of which 7 reproduce the gouache maquettes for the theatre costumes Delaunay designed for the July 6 1923 performance at théâtre Michel; the 7 costume lithographs are full sheet, hors texte; there are an additional 2 full sheet lithographs (one acting as a second title page), and 3 lithographed decorations in the text; 51 pp, printed recto only of [17] folding sheets, unbound, an eighteenth folding sheet with [1] details of the 1921 and 1923 productions, [1] colophon, and [1] blank; one of 150 numbered copies, signed by the artist S. Delaunay on the colophon; a fine copy of a rare and beautifully produced work, housed in the publisher’s card folder and slipcase.

Colophon: “Achevé d’imprimer en avril 1977 sur les presses d’arts-litho à Paris d’apres une mise en page de l’editeur et une typographie Elzévir de GLM [Guy Lévis Mano]. Ce livre reproduit en lithographie les maquettes de costumes de théatre créées en 1923 et revues aujourd’hui par Sonia Delaunay, tiré sur arches a 125 exemplaires signés & numerotés par l’artiste, les 25 premiers sont accompagnés d’une suite de 7 lithographies egalement signées, numerotées, de plus 25 exemplaires marqués en chiffres romains sont reservés aux collaborateurs.”

OCLC locates no copies; a single copy on COPAC (British Library); a copy is held in the Getty Research Institute; MOMA holds one of the first 25 copies, which were accompanied by a supplementary suite of 7 signed lithographs.