RESERVED - Last Nights of Paris - Philippe Soupault 1929 - The Macaulay Company, New York - First Edition in English ‘Soupault’s nocturnal ramblings include street murders, stopped clocks, and unexpected breezes. This sweet strangeness may very well make you sentimental’ – Voice Literary Supplement

The uncommon first edition in English of this vivid portrait of Paris, written in 1928 by one of the founders of the Surrealist movement. Soupault’s story concerns the narrator’s obsession with a woman who leads him into an underworld that promises to reveal the secrets of the city itself.

Wonderfully translated by American poet William Carlos Williams, who had been introduced to Soupault by a mutual friend in Paris, and as such a rare collaboration between the literary circles at the root of both French and American modernism.
  Philippe Soupault (1897-1990) was a French poet, novelist, and critic, fundamental in founding the Surrealist movement with artist and writer André Breton. His first collection of verse Aquarium 1917 was published with the help of Guillaume Apollinaire. In 1919, Soupault, Breton and Louis Aragon co-founded the review, Littérature. Originally drawn to the Dada movement, Soupault later rejected its nihilism, leading he and Breton to experiment with other revolutionary techniques, including ‘automatic writing’.

Provenance: from the library of American writer Larry McMurtry, with his iconic bookplate modelled on the brand his father used on cattle.

References: Exact Change, web. Encyclopedia Britannica, web.
8vo. pp. 230. Publisher’s green cloth with gilt border and title design, gilt lettering to spine.
  Condition: Very good, light rubbing to cloth and gilt of upper cover, spine toned, small mark to lower edge of title page, a few gatherings slightly over-opened.   Ref: 108016   Price: HK$ 4,000